Ashley Moon is visiting London for a second time in just more than a year.
The former Waxahachie High School student said she hopes she’ll be able to let go of a regret made last time she went.
“My one regret for when I was in London last time, I didn’t really meet any British people,” Moon said. “It’s not the same as here, you can’t just go walk to people there. So I couldn’t really just figure out how to make friends.”
Moon, now a Howard Payne University junior, was awarded a scholarship through the Consortium for Global Education to study communication overseas for the spring 2014 semester. She left Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The consortium is a non-profit global organization dedicated to providing global development in education with educators and students in nations that have a common vision for increasing student learning and a global worldview. Howard Payne University is part of that organization.
"We're very proud of Ashley and know the university will be represented very well in London this semester," said Bill Ellis, university president and consortium vice president, in a press release. Ellis wasn’t available by press time.
This semester in London, compared to when Moon went last spring, will be a lot more work, she said.
“When I went there the first time I’d never been out of the country before and a city that big before,” she said. “So it was really exciting to explore everything.”
Moon will be attending upper-level communication courses at a London university as well as working as an intern for CAPA International Education, all geared toward her major, she said.
She wants to do multi-media work in the future, and said she will be partnered with a fashion photographer, as well as producing weekly video blogs and writing for Howard Payne University’s paper while in London.
Doing these things will help her meet others and learn about the culture there, she said. Moon will also be living with a British publisher.
“I guess I’m sort of counting on her to help me find some sort of organization to get involved in,” Moon said. “And I think I’ll be working with British professors, so I guess I’m going to take any opportunity I can to be invited to events. I’m more comfortable with the city and I feel just more free to do that now, I guess.”
Studying abroad provides a fulfilling experience for students and unparalleled opportunities for them to understand the world in a new light, said Jennifer McNeice in an email. McNeice is the International Study and Academic Travel director for Howard Payne University.
“We are so proud to have Ashley represent HPU in London this semester,” she stated. “As a communications student, Ashley will gain invaluable experience this semester, and I look forward to hearing about all of her success.”