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Young Alumni Profile: Robert Robitu ’17 - London, U.K.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Since graduating from Bayview Glen, I have been studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at University College London (UCL). Moving abroad is not the easiest thing one can do but it is something I have begun to really enjoy and make the most of. Life in London and the United Kingdom is certainly different from life in Canada. London is considerably larger than Toronto, and consequently there is a lot more to do. Museums, art galleries, history, restaurants, parks, and sporting events (yes, even the NFL and the NBA come to London once a year!): if you have thought of it, you can probably find it in London. Even more remarkable about London is its cosmopolitanism. Especially at university, but really all over the city, people have come from around the world to live in this amazing place. Nothing illustrates this point better than my university cohort. Of the 40 or so that make up the cohort, no more than 15 are from the UK. The rest are from Europe, Asia and of course myself, the lone Canadian in my year. On the same lines, my roommates are German and French, so it is not hard to see just how international the environment in London (and in the UK in general is.) One extremely useful similarity with Canada has been the language. English has been the all-important link between the UK and Canada that has helped me adjust and get through university. Looking back at my time at Bayview Glen, I realize that it provided the foundation for my interest in PPE - which in my view is probably the most invaluable quality a student can have at university. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Comparative Politics and European History were probably the four most influential courses on my decision to study PPE, but you can certainly find inspiration from just about anywhere at Bayview Glen. Apart from interest, it has been important to keep an open mind. University in London can be overwhelming at first, but the key to making the most of it is simply embracing it for the once in a lifetime opportunity that it is. Now almost finished with my second year, it certainly has not always been easy, but studying abroad has been without doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has broadened my horizons, opened up new pathways and exposed me to all that the world has to offer, all while allowing me to enjoy the things that make London one of the greatest places on Earth. If you are ambitious, adventurous and eager to learn, studying in London is right for you.