Psychology, Classical and Ancient Studies, Poetry
Singing, Music, Swing Dancing, Hiking
Where did you study?
Name of program
Why did you choose to study there?
I've always wanted to go to Scotland! I love the rich
culture and firery spirits as well as the beautiful
green landscape. It was a dream come true!
What courses did you choose to enroll
Psychology of Evil Classics of World Cinema Into to
Modern Poetry Photography of the Urban
How did you pay for your study abroad
Savings and Scholarships
Did you use some sort of financial
aid, scholarship or fellowship?
What was your living situation?
I lived in a flat with five other students. We each had
our own room and shared a bathroom, common area and
What did you do for fun?
I went hiking any spare minute I could! The campus was
surrounded by hills and trails just begging to be
explored. In the evenings I enjoyed the nightlife with
friends at a local pub from the 1700s and listened to
live music. During long weekends I took trips all over
the UK and saw everything from London to Stonehenge!
Favorite aspect of your trip?
My favorite aspect of the trip was by far exploring and
enjoying the local culture. It was so priceless to see a
world outside my own. Scotland has so much to offer and
was quite an inspiration in my own life.
Challenges you faced?
The biggest problem I ran into was finances. Since the
exchange rate is nearly double what it is in the states
I didn't have near enough as I though I did.
Advice or helpful tips for future
If you plan on taking trips, PLAN AHEAD! You can save a
lot of money on travel expenses if you book in
advance... this includes hostles, busses, trains, etc.
Take the time to do the research, it'll save you tons!
Take the time to get out and explore! You're in a new country and its a
world of excitement so have and adventure! Don't just
sit in your room when you get homesick, grab a friend
and go somewhere!
What is one thing (if anything) that
you would change about your experience if you could do
I wish I would have managed my plans a bit better. I
could have seen much more!
Funny or memorable story, one you
feel is appropriate to share with others
On one of my hiking escapades, I had quite an adventure.
I packed a lunch and took off for the top of Dumyat HIll
(more like mountain) next to campus. Two hours later and
completely out of breath I enjoyed a picnic with the
most amazing view I could imagine. When it started
getting dark I decided to head back but rather than use
the trail I decided to have an adventure off the beaten
I made a straight shot for campus and planned on following what I assumed
was a sheep trail all the way home. Well, I didn't plan
on hiking along a rock face cliff or sliding down a
muddy bank that was too steep to walk.... clearly sheep
don't get enough credit for being absolutely insane.
After tromping through thistles and weeds, hopping
fences, crossing rivers and dodging sheep crap I finally
found a nice grassy area close to campus.
Almost home and glad to finally reach civilization I was quite grateful for
an easy last stretch. I did find it somewhat odd that
this field was so well kept. It wasn't until I ran into
some golfers who looked quite astonished that things
made sense. Apparently I had stumbled onto a golf green
in the middle of their game. I'm sure I was quite the
site, sweaty and covered in mud with twigs in my hair...
but I quickly made my way as discretely as possible off
the green. *Quite* embarrassed I headed back to campus
as fast as possible and told my flatmates all about it.
It was the object of fun for a while afterwards.
Something interesting you learned
about the town you lived in?
Anyone ever seen Braveheart? This town is where William
Wallace made his stand against Edward Longshanks.