I expected my time in Reading to be full of new adventures and experiences. What I did not expect was to meet two American celebrities while I was there, but I guess I should start from the beginning.
The semester I spent in Reading happened to coincide with the Royal Wedding. Naturally, I had to soak up as much Will and Kate as possible, so when my mom called to tell me Good Morning America was going to be filmed in London and they were asking any Americans in the area to come be part of the audience, I knew I had to go.
At the time, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism; more specifically I wanted to be Robin Roberts when I grew up. As I got on the 17 bus that morning and started my journey to London, all I could think about was how perfect my day was going to be: I had the opportunity to see my idol working AND they were going to be discussing the upcoming royal wedding; what could possibly be better? But I had no idea how great of an experience it was really going to be.
When I made it to the base of the London Eye (where they were filming) I somehow got pushed to the front of the crowd. Whenever they cut to commercial they told us to wave and scream, and my parents told me later that day that they were able to see me on camera multiple times.
On one of her breaks, Robin Roberts came out to talk to the crowd. Because I was in the front, I was one of the first people she talked to and was even able to get a photograph with her. I was so excited to have the opportunity to talk to her, even if it was only for just a minute, that I couldn't imagine a more exciting day.
But then it got even better. One of the guests on the show that day was fashion guru Tim Gunn. Because he was only featured on the show for a short period of time, he had a lot of free time. He was sitting and staring off into space when he looked in my direction, so I waved. I was shocked when he stood up and started walking in my direction. At that point the crowd had started to disperse so there weren't as many people standing around me. Tim came right to me and started a conversation with me and the girls standing near me that lasted a few minutes before other people noticed and began flocking toward him. He was incredibly friendly and I was able to get a photograph with him as well.
I headed back to Whiteknights Road that evening incredibly excited to share my adventures of the day with all of my friends and family and knowing it was one of those days I would never forget. I'm happy to say I had many of those days during my time in England. In fact, I had another one a few days later when I stood outside of Buckingham Palace with millions of other people from around the world, hoping to catch a glimpse of Will and Kate after their wedding; but that's a story for another day.