As an American college student interning at WTF, there’s a lot that’s different between me and the people here. I had never stepped foot in Europe before this year. My photoshop skills are nowhere near professional. What I call chips, they call crisps, and what they call chips, I call fries.
But we all love Game of Thrones, so we have that in common.
So many college students study abroad, it’s practically a cliche. But how many of them get to spend their weeks at a boutique design studio that’s producing work for HBO, Warner Bros and other giants in the entertainment industry?
And I’ve already learned a lot here. I don’t want to dismiss the technical skills I’ve picked up here, like figuring out how to actually use a layer mask in Photoshop, but my main takeaways have been more cultural. My transitions from American to English culture, and from academia to professionalism, were sharp and sudden. Figuring out how British humor works has been as much of a challenge as my actual work here.
So without further adieu, here’s a collection of small lists, by an American student interning at WTF:
Things I miss about America:
- Good bagels
- Black coffee
Things I don’t miss:
- Boston’s shameful public transportation
- Snow storms and below-freezing weather
- Our political...situation
Things I like about here:
- Living in the neighborhood of actual royalty (my dorm in South Kensington is probably the nicest place I’ll ever live)
- Working at WTF and pretending like I know how to use Photoshop
- Embracing a new culture, a new office, and a new opportunity to challenge and push myself.