Its been a while…

Mil Mag

Its been quite a while since I last wrote on mostlymotto, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. A lot has happened in the past few weeks.

Since I’ve been home from London, I began my summer internship at Milwaukee Magazine as their Digital Intern. Four days a week, I commute down to the Third Ward in Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Magazine office. On my first day, (just over three weeks ago) I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I arrived. I was thrown right in though and put to work. I was surprised at how much responsibility I was given as an intern right away, especially after my intern experience in London.

As the Digital Intern I am writing and editing stories for online, auditing the website, creating the tri-weekly E-newsletter that is sent to subscribers, scheduling social media posts and working with the marketing interns to promote the Milwaukee Magazine brand (just to name a few things!). And while I’m so busy there, I’m fully enjoying it and couldn’t imagine it any other way! As the summer goes on, I can’t wait to get more involved at Mil Mag and take on more responsibilities as well as publish more articles.

While I’ve been home and interning, I’ve also realized some of the things London has prepared me well for and some of the things I miss most about the beautiful city.

My commute to my internship in Milwaukee is much more stressful than my commute from Kensington to Shoreditch was in London. Instead of simply hoping on the District line for 35 minutes, I hope in the car and drive through Milwaukee traffic for 40 minutes (at least). I also had to attend Jazz in the Park to do some marketing for Mil Mag and instead of taking the tube or bus to get 10 blocks away to Cathedral Square, I drove and then was faced with the task of finding street parking in Milwaukee near a busy event. Oh how I miss the ease of fantastic public transportation, namely the tube.

At Milwaukee Magazine, I’ve done just about everything from pitching and writing stories, to auditing the website and doing street marketing. I’m thankful for my time in London as it has taught me to be ready for anything thrown at me. Both my internship and travels in London prepared me to be open and flexible when its comes to things I may not have experience with.

Needless to say, its been an incredibly busy past three weeks which have flown by so quickly. I can only imagine how the rest of my summer will go at this rate, but I am excited to see where it takes me!

You can check out the articles that I’ve written so far here:

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London Calling

Tuesday. Tuesday. Tuesday.

That’s the day I leave for a city I’ve been dreaming about for years: London, England.

For the past week, I have procrastinated packing my allotted two suitcases with everything I will need for the next four months. For an over-packer, this is not the easiest task in the world, but I’m getting there (almost, sorta, kinda, not really…).

People have constantly been asking me how I’m feeling about leaving for London for the past month. Am I excited? Am I nervous? Anxious? Ready? Prepared?

My answer? A mix of all of the above.

I’ve never flown on a plan by myself before.

I’m extremely nervous about losing my luggage.

How does one get from Heathrow to Kensington?

I need to get a new phone service and number.

Classes last three hours-what how will I make it through that?

Rumor is they don’t have peanut butter?

Oh, and they talk funny there.

The list goes on.

For a person who hates change, this is a big step. But I’m ready(ish) for it.

I am taking part in the UW in London Study Abroad program and couldn’t be more excited! Over the past month, and especially this week, I have felt a mix of emotions as I’ve said goodbye to friends and family. I’m extremely excited to make the big trip across the pond, but I’m also incredibly sad to have had to say goodbye to so many friends and family that I won’t see for a while.

So, what will I be doing/how does my program work?

My program is split up into two parts. The first seven weeks consist of four classes each worth three UW-Madison credits. Because my program is through the Foundation for International Education and is affiliated with UW-Madison, I don’t have to worry about all of my credits transferring back like I would if I were studying abroad through a different program.

After these first seven weeks, I have a week-long break (which is basically our spring break but is at the end of February.) I hope to do a lot of traveling during this time and would really like to spend a lot of this week in Spain using my Spanish!

For the next seven weeks after this week-long break, I will be enrolled in three classes and then be placed in an internship which will take up three days each week. The internship aspect of this program is what most excited me about this program and was ultimately a deciding factor in choosing this program over the other London programs offered at UW-Madison.

For the internship, I chose between either a service internship or a regular internship. I went with the regular internship and was able to rank my first three internship choices as Music, Communications and Journalism and Media. Once I arrive in London they will inform me where I have been placed and I will have a short interview with the employer to make sure it is a good fit. I cannot wait to find out where I will be placed!

Also upon arriving in London on Wednesday morning, I will find out who my roommates are! I will have either one, two, or three other roommates. Being that I had a single room this past semester, having three or even one roommate will be a big change. I’ll be living in a flat in the borough of Kensington (the same neighborhood as Prince William and Kate OMG), and hope to bump into David Beckham while grocery shopping (one of our academic advisers has actually done this-AMAZING).

While in London, I not only plan to explore the amazing city, it’s history and culture, but also explore surrounding cities and countries. High up on my list include places like Ireland, Spain, Denmark, France and Germany. I’m sure that list will change and expand but I also want to not only be in London but truly live in London for a majority of my time abroad.

I am going to blog about my time abroad as often as possible, so be sure to keep up with the Study Abroad in London tab on mostlymotto to hear about my classes, internship, travels and everything else I do while studying abroad in one of the greatest cities in the world: London.