burnt-red asked:Out of curiosity what made you want to move across the Atlantic to study at Strathclyde. I mean Glasgow is awesome but it's big move - what if you hate it here?
Hi! This is a great question, but it’s sort of a long answer.
Here’s the short answer: I’ve been to Glasgow twice before, and have known for years I was going to go to Scotland for school.
Long answer: When I was in 7th grade, we went to Scotland to visit my dad’s company, which was based in Edinburgh. I initially saw St. Andrew’s College, and knew I was going to go somewhere in Scotland for college. Then, we visited again when I was in 9th grade, and it affirmed my dreams of going to university in Scotland.
I started my college at a school which puts a high priority on studying abroad. When I went to my freshman orientation, they told us how easily we could study abroad and how inexpensive it is. (side note: I am extremely planning-oriented. I am a list maker, a budget follower, and a mostly organized person. I have budgeted out all of my expenses for the entire 10ish months I will be in Scotland, and including airfare, rent, groceries, going out, clothes, etc., it will be less than $20,000 or £12,763. That is a STEAL, considering rent where I currently live for a studio apartment is about $700 or £447 a month.)
I talked to my parents about it, and they agreed it was the perfect fit. Then it went from one semester in Glasgow to an entire year, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited.
Sure, I could “hate it.” But, I really don’t think I will. I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in Scottish life, and ultimately I think I will love and cherish every second I spend there.