A bit about yourself…
My name is Jhanelle, but most people call me Jhan (Rhymes with Yarn), and I’m a black country lass that has been living in London for the past two years. Moving to London was always my dream after I fell in love with the buzz, the culture, and spontaneity of the city when I visited for the first time at about 14. I would say the capital has lived up to my expectations, but I’m still conflicted by the way they cook fish and chips down South! I love a good BBC drama and a cuppa!
What do you study at King’s?
Where did you study abroad?
Why did you choose to study abroad?
While I love London, I was starting to realise just how sheltered my life in England was and how little of the world I had actually seen. I felt like every day I was seeing the same streets and same faces and I needed to shake things up a bit to really reignite that spark for my subject. Study Abroad seems like the perfect opportunity to do this!
Favourite travel destinations on your trip?
Nijmegen itself was a beautiful city, but I especially enjoyed my last-minute trip around Brussels! I had lived my previous full twenty years thinking Mcdonald’s fries were the best the world had to offer… boy was I wrong.
Lost in translation moment?
I had one friend who would bring messages I’d sent to the groupchat to me every time he saw me in person to ask what I had meant. Apparently replying “I’m up for that 100%” to a suggested bar trip, and then finishing with “Calm” when you agree to meet at 7.30 confused a lot of people- also, don’t refer to your trip as “going for a spicy/cheeky drink” either because it does not translate well. And finally, we have VERY different memes in the UK…I learnt that the hard way!
What advice do you have to anyone interested in travelling abroad?
DO IT! That’s literally it. Stop with the excuses, it’s not as hard as you think, don’t let yourself talk you out of it. The first step is the hardest but you 100% will not regret it. Treat this as the once in a lifetime chance it is and fully emerge yourself… that includes trying all the weird food and drink thrown your way because about 85% of it will be sooo much nicer than anything you’ve bought from Pret, and probably not as weird!
Where would you like to travel to next?
My family is actually Caribbean, but I’ve never been. I always put off the offers from my family to go and stay with them across various Islands thinking there was NO WAY I’d be able to travel by myself. Now I’ve done it- bring on the pink beaches of Antigua!