The major dilemma I have faced throughout the study abroad programme is the concept of communication. Within my academic major and future career field, the constant communication of up-to-date and correct information is the centre of every action taken.
While in London, that has not been the case.
Hindered by incredibly expensive pre-paid phones, internet limited by time, megabyte usage and general operations as well as the push to be isolated from United States-based interaction in order to properly experience a new culture, I have faced a real oxymoron between communicating and not communicating that has proved to be an entertaining challenge and concept to ponder this summer.
While the media junky in me is desires to be constant contact, I’ve found the break from regular internet access and phone-based communication to be a welcoming relaxation from my typical pace and actions in the states. While this goes against everything I learn both professionally and in the classroom, I have chosen to use my limited media access for academic and professional purposes far more often than for social instances.
I have grown to not constantly check my phone for a missed call or text because I have learned not to find anything in return and accept that as the temporary norm. In fact, my mobile phone is rarely used as anything more than a clock. After almost a month without frequently conversing and texting, I realise that there isn’t any harm in the break and that I actually welcome it. However, I know I will be looking forward to having that convenience of regular communication back in the States as our time in the UK draws to a close.