Hiram College

Written by Jessica Krulic ’17

This blog post is written in response to Krulic’s experiences within her 3-week study abroad course to the United Kingdom, led by Professors Rick Hyde and Paul Gaffney.

I have flown a few times before going on this trip. I expected everything to go smoothly because that is what I have been use to on my previous flights. You get on the plane, take off, land, and collect your luggage with no problems and delays. Well, that was not the case beginning this trip. Our flight to the JFK Airport in New York got delayed. So we wait in the airport anxious to leave, only for our flight to get delayed even more due to bad weather. Professor Gaffney moved our flight leaving New York back some since we would not be able to make our original flight from JFK to London. Finally, we are able to board the plane in Cleveland and are on our way to New York. Time is an issue for us since we are supposed to be landing in JFK around the same time our flight to London is supposed to be taking off. We get off the plane and run to our next terminal hoping to make our plane and that our luggage will arrive there as well. However, we are too late and the plane has just taken off by the time we arrive at the terminal. Now we are stuck at the JFK Airport with no flight and not knowing where our luggage is. Hyde and Gaffney try to figure out another flight to get us all to London and end up not being able to get us anything until the following evening. Also, the group will be split up on two different flights half of us flying Delta and the other half flying Virgin Atlantic. We thought we were going to be stuck in the airport until the following evening but thankfully we got hotel rooms for the night.

The following day we go back to JFK so we can get to London. I am with the group who is flying Virgin Atlantic. Those flying Delta were able to get their boarding passes with ease and then went to security to wait at the gate. It wasn’t that easy for us flying Virgin Atlantic. Our original flight was with Delta. Delta was the one who switched half of us to Virgin Atlantic since they did not have enough room on their flight for all 25 of us. With that, we had problems getting our boarding passes it was back and forth to speaking with Virgin Atlantic and Delta in order to get this mess settled. We also had to manually have them add our luggage or else it would have not arrived on our flight. Finally, we are able to get our boarding passes, make it through security and then board the plane on time and make it safely to London.

Our flight from Cleveland to London did not go as easy as we had hoped it would. We had to sit around waiting for quite a while and then get issues resolved. It definitely taught me to have patience and that plans do not always work accordingly. I was happy that I had packed extra clothes, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant into my carry-on bag because we got stuck at a hotel when we weren’t expecting that to happen. I will continue to do this each time I fly just in case I get delayed again like this. I learned to be more flexible and to go with the flow of what is currently happening. This was a stressful time because we all just wanted to be in England, but it taught me lessons that I will use in my everyday life.