Learning to Lead in London

12 Apr

This past weekend, I, along with eight other FIE students, attended the FIE Global Leadership Conference in London, England. I had never been to England before, so I was very excited to explore London and attend this conference. On Friday, we were given a ticket for a hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tour and about 6 hours to explore the city, and we definitely used our time wisely. We saw all of the staple London attractions, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, London Bridge, and the River Thames. We also saw some lesser-known attractions, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which, being an English major, I did not want to leave without seeing. When it was time for the conference, there was an opening address by Trevor Phillips, a former president of the Imperial Students Union and a former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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He spoke to us about what it means to be a leader and that it is our generation’s turn to lead our country in a new and better direction. It was a great way to open the conference and really inspired me and the other students that were there. On Saturday, the biggest day of the conference, I went to four breakout sessions where either students or professors spoke about leadership and what students can gain from studying abroad. Taylor and I got the chance to interview one presenter and three student presenters. We asked them what they thought students gained by studying abroad in terms of leadership and what they gained by studying abroad. They all agreed that there are several leadership skills gained while studying abroad, including presenting at this conference and that given the chance, they would stay for another semester. Overall, I had a wonderful time at the conference and I learned a lot about myself as a leader and how I can improve my leadership skills to be a more affective leader.

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