Life Inside the London First-Year Program

One day they’d study urban theory of a London neighborhood; the next they’d walk down the very streets they had studied. That’s what life was like for Carli Baldwin ’16 during her first semester at St. Lawrence. She was one of 12 students chosen for the inaugural London First-Year Program (FYP).

“When I looked at the class descriptions, I saw how this FYP incorporated interesting subjects that enhanced the London experience because they were all specific to London or the UK,” she says.

The students, accompanied by Program Director Richard Jenseth, stayed in flats in Bedford Place, walked to class for the day and then worked on assignments and explored the city at night.

 “My favorite part about my experience in London was the availability of everything,” Carli explains as she recalls the program’s adventures to famous sites like Bath, Stonehenge and Normandy. “We took our art history classes in some of the most famous museums in the world; we experienced all of the cultures coexisting in the city and surrounding areas; and we learned how we existed as independent young adults.”

The first semester in college can be stressful, as can studying abroad. Carli was eager to embark on both at the same time.Sometimes a person just has to do what feels right and travel to places alone when the opportunity presents itself,” she says. “The best lesson I learned while abroad was that I could be independent and thrive.”

Learn more about the London First-Year Program.