This summer, I am going to be studying abroad in London at the USC ACCENT Center right next to the London School of Economics! I just signed up for the two classes I will be taking – the technical writing course that all engineers must take (WRIT340) and engineering economy (ISE460).


I have never been outside of North America, except for one trip in middle school when I visited Paris for a week with my French class. I am very curious what it will be like acclimating to a new culture, but I am very thankful that I will not have to deal with any language barriers in London.


My excitement pretty much masks all of my worries, but the one worry that I cannot seem to get out of my head is the fact that there is not peanut butter in Europe! Peanut butter is a primary part of my every day diet, and all of my friends that have been there tell me that it is super hard to get. I don’t know how that will go over, but I am starting to mentally prepare myself for the separation anxiety.


On a more serious note, though, I am super excited to go abroad and I cannot wait for all of the amazing experiences that will come with living and studying in a foreign country!


Lauren Pelo-2015

Lauren Pelo-2015

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!