One year ago today I was on a boat sailing down the Thames River in London with my beautiful roommates of G-18. The boat party was one of the most anticipated events of our study abroad orientation week with the AIFS program. And it was one of the highlights of my semester abroad.

I remember stepping onto the deck  and taking a moment to reflect on where I was at. London. After months of preparation I was finally settled abroad. For some, studying abroad was something that they always knew that they would do but it was just a dream for me until my friend Kwaku, who was studying abroad in Paris, inspired me to go. He said, “You have a full scholarship Ridgeway. There is no reason for you NOT to go.” I’m so glad I took his advice.

Words can’t describe how much I miss being abroad. But when I look back at pictures like this, I relive those precious moments.


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