I have officially been back from my Global Issues in CSD trip for a little over a week. It’s amazing how much of an impact just 10 days abroad can have on your life. I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, as I had to get right back into my normal class schedule here at USF. I did have a few days when I was ready to be in bed by 5 p.m. (it would be 10 p.m. in London after all!), which unfortunately is not possible when all of your classes are at night. But, after a week of very little sleep and a lot of caffeine, my internal clock seems to be back to Eastern Standard Time.
I cannot begin to explain what a wonderful experience this trip has been and how much it will impact my future. We went to many academic sites that have all given me different views for how I can conduct therapy in the future. One of the main things we learned about on this trip was the difference in healthcare between the U.S. and England. England has a nationalized health service, which means that healthcare is covered by taxes, resulting in “free” visits to healthcare professionals. As a result, the steps leading up to speech-language therapy are slightly different. In addition, this “free treatment” can affect the relationship that is or is not built between the therapist and the client. It also means that wait lists can be YEARS long. Overall, this one difference makes me really grateful to be working in a country where healthcare can be provided in a more efficient manner and clients can get the help they need within a reasonable amount of time.
The academic portion of this trip is not all that I am grateful for. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to visit all the “stereotypical” London sites and learning how to navigate the Tube like a pro. While this trip may have started off a little rocky (remember that canceled flight I mentioned??), it definitely only got better as the days went on.
I could not have asked for a better study abroad experience, and I can’t wait to make another trip across the pond!
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