Studying Abroad in Brighton: Attacked by Gulls!

In this blog series, BFA student Kassi Ferry shares an authentic look at her study abroad experience in Brighton, England, during the Spring 2017 semester.

During our first week Skyler, Thad, and I met some very nice people (who happen to be Skyler’s flatmates!) and we ended up going out with them. They took us to this cool little club right on the beach called the Arch where we stayed out very late. It was really nice to meet them and we have already spent a lot of time together.

On our first Sunday in Brighton, Skyler, Thad, and I ended up going to London! It took an hour to get there by train, but it was totally worth it. We went to Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern Museum, the Guild House, London Bridge, Millennial Bridge, Westminster Church, the London Eye, and of course Big Ben! The whole trip was amazing. Lots of walking and we were all extremely tired and sore by the end of it. I can't wait to go back soon. There was so much to see and so little time. Hopefully next time we make it in time for the morning change of the guard!

London Evening

London's Big Ben

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

We made it back to Brighton before it got too late and I was able to Skype with my mom. I miss my family, but at least I can still talk to them. I’m feeling a little homesick, but the people here are really nice and there is so much to do. I’ve made so many friends already, and seen some amazing things.

The next day we explored the laines (Brighton’s outdoor shopping area) and found a neat little comic book shop called Dave’s Comics. It was obscured behind a bunch of other mom-and-pop shops, and it was stocked from floor to ceiling with comics, games, Star Wars characters, and so much more. I discovered that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a comic book, I had no idea. After that, we stopped at this cute cafe called Pret a Manger that was super cheap and very tasty! I’ve had it way too much already. It’s a chain. I think I counted seventeen while walking around in London earlier. I can see why it’s so popular—the food is affordable, organic, and very good!

I spent lunch break with classmates at Brighton Pier on Monday! It was actually sunny for once. Matt, Sophie, and Jade are all fellow graphic design and iIllustration students. They are all really friendly and I have even teamed up with Matt and Sophie for a project because they are both very talented illustrators. The pier was a little crowded, and the beach is actually rocks—not sand—which I was not expecting. But it was still surprisingly comfortable! Although, the other students were not kidding when they warned us about seagulls attacking our food. Poor Sophie lost half of her sandwich! It was kind of funny and it’s too bad it wasn’t caught on camera. Don’t worry—we shared the rest of our food with her and scared the gull away.

I’ve also finally met my flatmates! They are all really nice, but I rarely see them because I’m so busy doing work and exploring. So much to do and see!


Kassi's Study Abroad Blog Posts

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