A Quick Catch-Up

Andrew Z. University College London, England

Date

October 26, 2014

Okay, I’ll cut right to the chase. I haven’t been the most diligent with my posts as of late, so this is the inaugural Andrew-Gets-His-[Stuff]-Together blog post. This promise is especially binding because as of two days ago, I am now twenty-one years old, so I vow to start acting more like a twenty-one year old. (I mean that in a good way, of course.)

The birthday was more than anything I could have asked for. My friends and I commemorated the day in Leicester Square at an establishment that has really grown on us over the past month and a half. I shouldn’t go into too much detail about the night (in case I or one of my friends wants to run for public office one day), but it suffices to say that shenanigans ensued that night. Good, clean, safe shenanigans, that is. (*If you are my mother, then disregard all of the above and please blindly assume that I walked safely back into my room at 12:30. I love you! She’ll totally buy this, right?)

The liberties that come with living in a foreign place have been pretty overwhelming, but I’m happy to say that I’ve used these new found freedoms to my advantage. Last week, I finally made the middle school version of myself proud, and I tried my hand at an open mic standup comedy club. I refused to tell any of my friends where I was going because I wanted to feel no pressure in front of a group of people I had never met, and I am proud to report that I didn’t screw it up that badly. Was I the best? No. Was I the worst? Eh, close to it, but the good news is that I got some solid laughs in the places I was expecting, and I am eager to go back again next week.

The best part was that I was around the fifteenth person to get up on stage out of about twenty, so as soon as the American accent (or should I say non-British accent) came out, the whole crowd did a double-take.

My classes are going great. Two of my classes are in the economics department for credit back at Northwestern, and my other two classes are British history and the politics of the EU. I’m very appreciative of how UK schools value presentations from students, but at the same time, it seems like many students are not that eager to participate in open class discussions.

I can’t wait to see what the next couple days hold for me. My open mic routine needs a little more polishing, so I’m going to have to leave you here. Until next time!