From Emily …
Things in London are going very well. In fact I actually
went to Rome with a student organization this past weekend, which was really
great. Also, I am now walking well since my foot is nearly completely healed,
so that makes life much easier too. My flat has been working out well, and I am
now bike commuting to school, which has been a refreshing start to my day.
My host club here has been very hospitable! They helped me
from the airport and I join them for most of their meetings, since it is a
really nice group of people. Also, they are an active and young club, so I will
certainly be volunteering with them soon. Other than that, the Rotary UK
organized a weekend for all of us to meet, which was great. We also had the
opportunity to go to the London district conference, and I spoke a little bit
about myself and mentioned the Dunwoody club.
My academic experience has been really great so far.
Specifically, I have been impressed by the quality of the London School of
Economics courses, and the large number of fascinating extra community lectures
in the evenings. Though more than that, I have enjoyed meeting and learning
from my classmates, who are from countries all over the world. I have also been
surprised to find a very large number of students here who are already
Anyway, in sum, things are going very well and I am very
glad that I have had so many amazing opportunities so far!
From Arush ...
I have been happy to be welcomed by many Rotarians in London - both from my host club and in other nearby clubs. I’ve been fortunate that
we’ve already had three big Rotary events so far— one with Rotary scholars and
host Rotarians this year across Great Britain and Ireland, one with our London
clubs where we met many folks in the area, and the third with the entire
district during the District Conference where we were even highlighted as part
of the program!
heading to my host club next week as well, and have enjoyed getting to know the
helpful and passionate leaders that make up Rotary in London. I’m also already
slated to present as the keynote speaker at my host club in February!
The academic program so far has been incredibly
fulfilling and enriching. Because Emily and I have the unique opportunity to be a registered students in both the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
and the London School of Economics, I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of
professors, students, teaching styles, and courses. I’ve especially enjoyed the
fact that both schools have been very open in assisting us when necessary and
that the students make up a diverse group from varied backgrounds, countries,
and experiences, leading to robust discussions in our seminars and lectures.
certainly has been a very busy past few months, and I am deeply grateful for
the opportunities I’ve had to grow in my academic and professional career, and
look forward to an exciting year ahead, with my Rotary community by my side!