Lucy Finnegan (Left)
Class of 2018, Freshman
Majors: Accounting and English
Hometown: Washington, NJ
I am enrolled in the Business School’s Global Citizens Program in London, England. In this program, the semester is split into two parts: a ten-week academic portion and a six week internship. In terms of classes, I took British Life and Culture, Business in British Society, Macroeconomics, and Corporate Responsibility and Regulation. All of these classes were with my fellow Villanovans at Imperial University. Currently, I am an intern at Voyage Control, a startup company that focuses on reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector. As an intern, I mainly conduct research projects and data analysis for the company.
What has been the highlight of your semester abroad?
My time abroad has been a truly wonderful experience. I’ve loved wandering the streets of London, having a casual drink with friends at the local pub, and taking weekend trips to other European cities. But my absolute favorite aspect of being abroad is being surrounded by Europe’s history. Since I was a young child, I’ve been fascinated by European history. Having the ability to visit the house of John Keats, to explore Windsor Castle, and see some of Mozart’s original works thrills me. Never shall I grow tired of learning more about Europe’s history.
What has surprised you the most about time abroad?
In my travels around Europe, the number of people who are at least bilingual has struck me. Everywhere I’ve gone, I haven’t had any trouble communicating with the locals because the majority of them know some level of English. Their knowledge of two languages has, quite frankly, made me feel inadequate with my singular knowledge of the English language. Thanks to them, I am inspired to further pursue my Spanish to fluency.
How have you seen your studies correlate with your location?
Nearly all of my classes had some kind of correlation with my daily London life. For example, in Macroeconomics we discussed the ongoing Eurozone crisis, a popular topic among Brits in the workplace and in the pub. In my British Life and Culture class, we discussed the differences and the underlying reasons behind those variations between American and British life. Many of those discussions prompted me to observe those disparities in style, religiousness, and speech in my normal, everyday life. Finally, my Business in British society class opened my eyes to the British work life culture, one that is much more relaxed and casual than America’s.
What have you been doing in your spare time?
With my free time, I’ve sought to explore London and the rest of Europe as much as possible. During my academic portion, I often visited a museum (got to take advantage of the free admission!) or a different part of London before or after class. One might think four months is long enough to fully experience a city, but I would disagree. I could spend years in London and still find new things to do! It truly is a spectacular city. Beyond adventuring in the streets of London, I visited Milan, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Paris, on a few of my weekends. All four trips were wonderful in their own way, whether it was the Italian gelato, the Irish friendliness, the scrumptious Dutch stroopwafels, or the Parisian charm. My only wish is that I had more time to travel and explore the wonders of Europe.
What will you miss the most?
When I leave London, I will dearly miss many things. The free museums, the coffee shoppes, the ease of travel, and the stylish men are only a few. But, most of all, I shall miss those terribly charming British accents.