Hi Everyone! My name is Sara and I’m interning here at the Kid’s Cookery School three days a week for my last seven weeks here in London. I came to London to study abroad from the United States. At home, I attend American University in Washington, DC and am in my third year there. At American University, I am working to achieve a major in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies. After University, to reach my career goals, I am going to have to attend graduate school to receive even more degrees! In the future, I wish to become a guidance counsellor at the high school level, and throughout the weekends and summer, I would love to run a private practice in child counselling. Therefore, to reach this goal I need my master’s degree in school counselling with an additional certificate in private counselling.
Here in London, I am studying through a program called The Foundation for International Education (FIE). Although it isn’t a university itself, we take courses through the program about British culture. Additionally, all students at FIE have a student affiliation card with Imperial College and can therefore participate in their clubs and events.
A great benefit of studying abroad through FIE is that after submitting a CV to them, they arrange for us to have an internship throughout the second half of our semester here. I was extremely lucky, and got placed with The Kid’s Cookery School. A few days a week, I ride on the van with Fiona and Lee to assist with the cooking classes at various schools around London. So far, it’s been a really rewarding experience. Considering that I wish to work either in a school or in the non-profit sector relating to education, experiencing school systems in a country other than the US, is a valuable lesson.
So far, I’ve been to two different schools with KCS and each one has opened my eyes to something new. I think it’s extremely interesting to see how schools differ so much from one another. I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of my time here, there is so much more to learn. Keep posted to see how it’s going!