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2014 started with a big bang, or you could call it a big fly! On January 1st, 2014 I flew across the world to emerse myself in a completely different culture. With two suit cases and some anxiety, I was off. 

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would fit in. I had this idea of London, being this big city where I always had to wear black, probably completely change my personality, that I would maybe even come out on the other side with a british accent and I would definitely leave being cooler than I was when I arrived. Oh boy was I wrong. London is full of so many diverse people! You can wear flowers, lace and if you want to you can dye your hair's all totally normal. I haven't changed at all, other than being more worldly. I still wear colorful clothing, unfortunately the british accent isn't here and I love life just as much as I did when I came here. 

Not only is London one of the most accepting places I have ever been, but it is also very diverse. Coming to London I was shocked with the amount of non-white british people their were. In one of my classes, there are 5 white people in a class of 50. It is my Understanding Race Class..but it is cool to be in a place with so many different types of people. 

Coming to London I was shocked by all the diversity, the fashion choices, and I mean basically everything else. After living here for 3 months (WOW...can't believe that), I feel like I belong. After I arrived my anxiety flew, right out the window. It was quite a hard journey, getting up the courage to come abroad, planning, packing, and basically leaping into something I was unsure of. However, I leaped, and it was the best leap of faith I have ever taken. 

What I have learned.

-Don't be afraid to be yourself

-You can wear flowers and lace

- London is the most diverse city in the world. (Literally)


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