Kahdijah Ross is studying in London this summer as part of a Southern Miss study abroad program. (Photo source: Facebook)
While the world was watching what was happening in London on Saturday, a college student from Gulfport was seeing the effects of the terrorist attacks first hand.
Kahdijah Ross is studying in London this summer as part of a Southern Miss study abroad program. She just arrived in England on Friday and Saturday went on a river cruise that took her under the London Bridge. Later that night, she learned about what transpired at the place she had just seen.
"We kept getting lost so we asked two Londoners to help us and then they explained the situation in saying there was a terrorist attack," Ross said. "That's the first time we had actually heard the word terrorist and they said it's your best bet to probably go home. In that moment we fully understood what was happening."
With family and friends back home worried about her, Ross posted a Facebook message saying she was safe. Although she's thankful for her safety, the last few days have served as an eye-opening experience.
"We were very saddened by the attack to hear that six people were killed, just senseless killing. It just really put into perspective everything that is happening with Isis and terrorism."
Ross said immediately after the attacks some areas were closed, but now it's back to business as normal around London. Ross added that she's not changing her plans and isn't going to live in fear while she's out of the country.
"We're not going to let this stop us from enjoying our trip and taking advantage of every opportunity that London has because we're only here for a month."
The Director of Southern Miss' British Studies Program Dr. David Davies said 120 students and 15 faculty and staff members are currently overseas in the program and all are safe following the attacks. He said they're staying in the northern part of the city, while the attacks were in Southeast London.