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My name is Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye. I am originally from Providence, RI and graduated from Classical High School in Providence. I attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. While I was completing my undergraduate coursework,...

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Concluding thoughts from London

Posted by Kevin Olasanoye on 07/18/2010 at 10:42 AM

Friday was the last day of the London program and I thought it would be useful to leave you all with some of my concluding thoughts. As I have already mentioned, I never had the opportunity to study abroad when I was in my undergrad. So when I heard that RWU had a study abroad program in London back in January, I knew this was where I would be spending part of my summer. And boy am I glad I had the chance to visit!

Aside from having the opportunity to do some travelling and relaxation (which I have to tell you was a whole lot of fun), the pupilage period and classes were a treat. In five short weeks, I have learned that the American legal system, while unique, is by no means the only unique system in the Western world. In fact, the architects of the British legal system devised a legal structure that does a pretty good job of dispensing justice.

Additionally, Americans have been conditioned to believe that the U.S. Constitution and our representative democracy are the best system of government. Having stayed here and learned about the parliamentary system of government in the United Kingdom, I can see that we do not have a monopoly on effective forms of governing either. In many ways, I think that the UK and the US are like fraternal twins. They were born from the same principles of justice, democracy, and commitment to individual right. At the same time, there are just enough subtle differences between them to make them very different.

As for me, I will be making my return home in a few days. I have a few weeks to relax and unwind before class starts again in earnest next fall. I have enjoyed sharing my time in London with you all and hope you would consider taking the same journey. I trust you will find it as rewarding and enjoyable as I have. Best of luck to you all!