Meeting a fellow alum

Written by: Katie Geitz, London, England, fall 2013

As our sections were being called to board the plane in London Heathrow, the only two things on my mind were, “So, when is my next trip back?” and “I cannot wait to see my family!” It was such a bittersweet moment as I had just finished one of the most amazing semesters of my life in London. I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone I knew. I might have been a little too excited to talk about it, but that excitement lead me to meet an alumnus of the Central College Abroad London program I had just finished.

Our stewardess was walking up and down the aisles making small talk with passengers, and adjusting the overhead compartments. She stopped to talk with me and asked if I had just studied abroad. I said yes and told her a little more about my experience. Not even five minutes after the stewardess left, the woman sitting across the aisle from me leaned over and said, “Did I hear that you studied in London through Central? I did that program almost 15 years ago!”

We were both shocked at how small the world had just become. We shared a few stories and talked about the differences in the program then and now. We both discovered that the head office and living quarters have moved, the class size has grown and school affiliations have changed. I also found out that she loved her experience through Central so much she is now living and working in London with her family. She even met her husband during her spring break travels when she studied abroad. 

Meeting an alumnus on the plane not only gave me a new plane buddy, but it also served as a great ending to my study abroad experience. It made me realize how special my study abroad experience was, and how special the friendships I made were. I am so thankful for my opportunity and experience abroad, and wouldn’t have traded it for the world. 

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Geitz (third from the left) joined fellow students for a priceless photo
Geitz (third from the left) joined fellow students for a priceless photo