Mittie's London Experience

Logan Mittie (23)

Aug. 31, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore women's basketball player Logan Mittie recently sat down with to talk about her experience in London this summer.

Mittie, a sophomore from Aledo, was a key contributor for the Frogs off the bench during her first year on campus. In all, Mittie, the daughter of head coach Jeff Mittie, saw action in 22 games during her freshman campaign and could see her minutes increase this season due to her ability to shoot the ball.

Mittie's London Experience
"My time in London was probably the best span of 26 days that I can remember in my life. I got to see things that I had only heard about and seen pictures of. I also got to meet some really great students of TCU that I would've never gotten the chance to meet had I not gotten the opportunity to study abroad.

London has a kind of New York feel to it. The people are constantly moving and look like they're on a mission to get where they're going. The weather in London was actually pretty warm the first week I was there. Mid-80s seemed like a nice change from the 105-degree heat in Texas, but I got the feeling that most Londoners had no idea what to do with such nice weather.

Almost everyone we saw still wore dark colors, long-sleeve shirts and jeans, despite the heat wave. After that week of unusual weather, London decided it was time for us foreigners to get a taste of the real London climate. Almost every day after that first week was chilly and overcast with rain. It was strange wearing hoodies and jeans every day during a time that I was used to not wanting to even go outside because of the intense Texas sun.

To say I embraced the London weather would be an understatement. The coolest thing about my London trip was that my group and I were there for the Queen's Jubilee.

The Queen's Jubilee marked the 60th year that Queen Elizabeth had been on the throne. After my class in the morning of the parade for the Jubilee, my roommate and I took the tube (London's name for the subway) to St. James' Park Station stop and walked through the park to get to the road leading up to Buckingham Palace.

There were THOUSANDS of people lining the streets of London just to get a glimpse of the royal family riding by in the parade. We stood lined up by the street for over 2 hours before the royal family's carriages finally got to our spot. I know for sure that I saw Camilla and Prince Charles as they rode past, but although it looks like they're going slow on TV, they actually are moving pretty quickly. With the crowd excitement increasing immensely at the royal family's approach, it is very difficult to get a clear look at anyone. After the carriages and cars had gone through, the police officers (or whatever their name is in London) opened up the road leading to Buckingham Palace. Hundreds of thousands of people starting heading to the mall, which is the circular area outside of Buckingham Palace, to wait for the entire royal family to come out and wave to the crowd on the balcony.

My roommate and I actually got a really good spot to the left of the mall and waited in the rain for the royal family to come out, which they eventually did.

I got to see the queen, her son, Prince Charles, Camilla, Charles' wife, Kate, William and Harry. To see the royal family in person was probably the most surreal moment of my life. Having recorded the royal wedding and watched it more times than I'm willing to admit, I could not have been more excited and thankful for having been given the opportunity to come to London to experience all the royal madness for myself.

After the royal family went back into Buckingham Palace and the crowd started to disperse, my roommate and I noticed a bunch of television cameras and broadcasters about 20 feet up in the air. We went over to see what was going on with our thought process being, why not?

People were gathered beneath the stage they were on and I heard someone yell at Matt Lauer, so of course I did the same. I had on a TCU sweatshirt, always representing, and he noticed me and asked where I was from. I was pretty shocked at first, but eventually managed to yell back that I was from Texas. He gave me a thumbs up sign. I can only guess that the sweatshirt was to thank for that.

That story is not as exciting as getting to see the royal family in person, but I wanted to include it to show yet another way TCU has changed my life and given me more life experiences and stories that I could ever ask for. The best part is it's only the beginning of my sophomore year. I also want to thank my parents for the funding of this once in a lifetime trip. They are simply the best."

God Bless and Go Frogs!!



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