Studying away from “Home”

As a Ghanaian, moving from home to study in America may seem as a shock to many people, but it was always one of the things on my to-do list. Live away from home to explore other cultures.

Living there for three years and adapting to the culture of Americans, was probably tasking you might reckon, so imagine me telling you I then decided to study in London for a semester! 

It was something I wanted to do, well not really but it was something I had to do because I wanted to purse Law and with Ghana and England having similar law systems, I decided to test the waters and see how it would be living in London for a while before the big move. Though because of my dad, we have travelled many times to different parts of the world, I haven’t had the opportunity to live on my own in a new country before college. So, making these decisions were very daring and I loved every moment of it. 

London, indeed is very different from that America and Ghana. Everywhere looks clean and there’s such an orderly system. There are bins for recycling and bins for trash everywhere which isn’t like that of Ghana. The food is very different. Ghana’s level of spicy food is way more intense than that of London. I remember the few days we got in, I was craving some spicy food and a friend we met here also on study abroad made so much noise about Nando’s and I remember that Nando’s wasn’t as spicy, but she kept going on about how its “crazy spicy,” so we al went. I asked the guy for the hottest and he wasn’t surprised – I guess he figured I knew what I was getting into. It wasn’t as spicy as I wanted it to be, but my dear friend was dying from the spice. SHE COULD NOT FINISH HER MEAL! 

Classes here are also very different. They go for three hours long with a lecture and a seminar including two breaks or so, which is different from both America and Ghana. Our classes back home were longest 2 hours or an hour and fifteen minutes. It was a little difficult adjusting to the system here, and not being drained, but eventually I got the hang of it. 

London, definitely has a lot more to offer and I cannot wait to enjoy all the things it has to hand to me.

Stay tuned and warm

Akosua.