Making the Leap into a New Life

I’ve always dreamt of living in a big city – NYC, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, London…I have been lucky enough to travel to many of those cities – wandering around their streets, photographing their beauty and exploring their culture. Although I admire the beauty of all cities, there was one that particularly stood out in my mind and that was London.

I’ve never ever imagined that at just 19 I’ll be flying across the continent to pursue my dream and not only visit London, but to live and study there for the next 3 years. When I visited in January, I instantly felt like this was MY city – everything felt right (even the overcrowded tube).  I remember how I wandered around with my art case in one hand and my camera in the other –  ready to conquer UAL – and I did.  I received my unconditional offer to study Graphic and Media Design just two days after my interview. I also got the other four university offers, but after long nights of thinking, I finally decided that LCC is the place I want and need to be.

Back then, actually moving seemed so distant and unreal. Now, about 7 months later, my life has been packed into boxes and suitcases, ready to be shipped to the UK. I also have a new, tiny room in the south of London, waiting for me to inhabit it and 7 other lovely flatties, who I’ll be living with.  Just in a few hours I’m boarding a plane and making the leap into my new London life. Hopefully, a life full of even more adventures, opportunities and unforgettable experiences. It will all get real – crazy real!

Many people have been asking me whether I was excited and counting down the days. Of course I was, but at the same time I was and still am petrified. Despite growing up very independent, leaving everything in my life behind is kind of VERY scary. I have questioned my choice numerous times, thinking whether moving to one of the most expensive cities in the world and  being about 27 000 pounds in debt was the right thing to do. I’m saying goodbye to my closest friends, my family, colleagues and the city I have lived in for the past 14 years and diving in a completely new and foreign world.

But you know what? If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

So, Hello London! I hope you are ready!

XO, Merrie

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