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Time July 13th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | Comments Off on by

Dear Readers,

This will be my last blog post here. I blogged about my nervousness pre-departure, then explored London during orientation, settled into Lancaster, traveled to Scotland with American friends, then to Blackpool and Morecambe with English friends, and Wales for IFSA-Butler’s Adventure Weekend , I got down to business about my courses, told you my plans for the Easter holidays, then took loads of pictures in England, France, Switzerland, and Austria, enjoyed some local-ish activities and places, including Oxford, Reading, Chorley, and the Championship playoffs at Wembley. Oh yeah and then I got engaged.

Now, I’m back in Washington, DC, working for the summer in the School of Business and then starting my Senior year in the fall. The reverse culture shock? Well it’s there, but I know it’s not as bad as it could be. Knowing that I’ll be back there in a year, when I get married next summer, and living there for a very long time, it makes the seperation from that beautiful country not as hard. The seperation from my fiance? Well, that is hard but I use Skype now more than ever.

I was glad to walk into a grocery store and see all of the brands that I know and love. I’ve had a few minor panic attacks about what side of the road cars should drive down. Overall, I’m glad that I didn’t have to come straight back to school after study abroad because I like this little adjustment period. I also like that I’m busy working now because it gives me enough to do so I’m not pining away for England. I’ll start my Senior year with enough energy to get through with good grades, but I know that it’ll be harder than ever to stay focused (YAY senioritis!). I will always love the past 6 months.

Anyway, for the last time dear readers,
DFTBA!

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This post is about Heather’s Easter Holidays

Time June 29th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Last time I wrote, back in the end of March, I was just starting my Easter Holidays. My situation was kind of unique at Lancaster because all of my lectures and seminars finished in the Lent term, and then we had Easter break, and then we had Summer term. I know some other people (e.g. the maths department) still had lectures for another 4 week after I (business major) was done. When we were back, each of my classes had a revision session, where the lecturer did an overview of the whole course and bulletpoints for study for the exam (side note: either all or 75% of my lecturers had PhD’s, but they were SO cool, I never worried about feeling stupid when I talked to them)

Before I made it to Europe, I did a little more sightseeing around England with my boyfriend and his family.

Forbury Park in Reading:
Forbury Park in Reading

Steeple Ashton, the village where my oldest ancestor was born in 1608:
Steeple Ashton

Avebury, site of the Great Henge:
Great Henge

Stonehenge, which we didn’t pay to see because the gate didn’t prevent us from seeing it, so why bother?:
Stonehenge

Then I did the typical study-abroad thing and traveled around Europe (the English don’t understand how we Americans have that much time/money). I met up with Meg, my best friend from middle/high school, like I had planned to, and we had 10 days on the continent, travelling from France to Switzerland and then Austria. We spent a week in France, and a day and a half each in the others. We discovered a lot of things about traveling by ourselves as young female adults, and we enjoyed spending loads of time together. I wish I had packed my rucksack lighter

Eiffel Tower through the train window. We did take a special trip out to see this, even though we had been discouraged from it, and OH BOY it was so worth it! It’s so big! Also, I ran into someone else from GW while I was there!!!!!!!!:
Eiffel Tower

Other notes about Paris:
Also, Mona Lisa was worth it as well- I kept hearing people say that it wasn’t very big and it wasn’t all that great, but it’s a normal sized painting and it IS pretty great. So go see that if you happen to be in the Louvre. The queue might be intimidating but it goes quickly.
Eat lots of Nutella crepes. They’re a great comfort food.
We stopped by the Luxembourg gardens because we were exhausted and it was a very welcome reprieve (and shockingly big).
Sacre Couer was right at the top of our hostel and I highly recommend the hostel as well as climbing up to the top (ignoring the peddlars who try to trap you into buying what they want you to). Try to do it on a clear day though.
Arc de Triomph was not worth it. There’s not a lot to see and the shops are super expensive around there too- so don’t expect to buy anything if you’re on a $500 budget for 2 weeks.
Overall we really liked Paris. It was a struggle to communicate in other parts of France, and thus we really enjoyed the touristy stuff.

St. Malo is not a town we were supposed to stay the day in, but we accidentally missed the bus out to Mont St. Michel and so we were stuck there with nothing planned. The old city was quaint, and we enjoyed the safety in large numbers principle because the other streets that were deserted creeped us out:
St. Malo

Chateau D’If was pretty and calming and safe after us being a little shaken by some near-misses. And we enjoyed the ocean:
Chateau D'If

In Nice, we didn’t have anything planned and so we just randomly walked around. We happened upon “The Chateau” with its beautiful panorama and miniature city:
the Chateau in Nice

On one of our marathon train rides, which is all we saw of Geneva (no time to layover):
Lake Geneve

The Bern LDS Temple, where my parents were married 25 years ago, was once the only LDS temple in all of Europe:
Swiss Temple

Bern was very easy to fall in love with. We spent most of the day on top of Mount Gurten, “Bern’s very own mountain!”. It was cute, and we enjoyed the family atmosphere.
Mt Gurten

We took the Official Sound of Music tour in Salzburg (yes, it was expensive, but OH MAN it was worth it). This is the Von Trapp Villa from the Sound of Music movie (well, the back of it anyway! They used a different building for the front, and also a different pond for when the kids and Maria all fall into the water off the boat, when the Baroness and the Captain return from their trip):
Von Trapp Villa

Mountains and Lakes in Austria

After 10 days travelling around, I was exhausted. I had it pretty comfortable compared to some of my friends who were couch surfing, but I was totally spent by the time I got back to my boyfriend’s house! Overall, totally totally worth it.

DFTBA!

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This post is about Heather’s summer term at Lancaster

Time June 29th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Summer term meant I had 1 week of “revision sessions” where the teachers did a recap of the course and outlined what we would be tested on. After that, I had a solid 2 weeks to revise, and then sat exams on 16 May, 24 May, 28 May, and 4 June. In the midst of all of this, my boyfriend was having some family difficulties and so he invited me to drive back to Reading with him. After returning from my trip to Europe I stopped feeling like I was studying abroad, and more like I was just visiting. The experiences I had from that point on felt more like I was just living here, like I was part of this place.

His family had a spare ticket to go see Reading FC at Wembley, which I enthusiastically grabbed! We had so much fun (even though Reading lost, and thus didn’t get promoted)

Wembley

We visited a friend and toured Southport
Southport

We enjoyed the scenery in Williamson Park (Lancaster)
Williamson Park tree

Ashton Memorial

We enjoyed the Thames River in little villages around Reading
Thames River in Reading

Please go to the Oxford Natural History Museum, and the Pitts Rivers Museum! It was sooo cool (and free entry!)
Oxford Museum

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This post is about Heather outlining the rest of her time abroad

Time March 30th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Hi again Readers!

Just a quick point- I can tell you anything about my specific experiences here in England, but I don’t know if they can be generalized to fit everywhere. So, unless you are going to Lancaster University, be careful about taking my word as standard. And if you are going to Lancaster University, please ask me anything!

Now I’ll just do a quick update on what my plans are. Our Lent term ended last Friday, and my flatmates have been out every night for the past 5 days (I’ve graciously passed on that opportunity). Besides the increase in sunshine and the increase in alcohol related activities, the beginning of Summer term means that all of my lectures, tutorials, and seminars are done. Because of the weird way that Easter fell this year, right now, it’s the first week of the summer term, and the other 9 weeks will be after Easter Break, which is April 2-May 1. Not all places on campus do this, but for my building (The John Creed Building in County College), we get kicked out for break. I have to be completely moved out of my room by April 1, and store all of my stuff elsewhere. Many of my other study abroad friends here at Lancs get to stay in their rooms, they just live in different colleges. I’m not sure why the International Office would allow us to be housed in this building, because unlike my British flatmates, I can’t just pack all my stuff home for the break. I don’t know, some people are just planning on traveling the whole break anyway, so they don’t need the extra four weeks, but paying to store stuff? I’m glad I have good friends!

The first weekend of break I’ll be with my friend Kate from Manchester, at her house. Then I’ll come back to Lancaster Uni and stay in my American friend’s room in County South, which is right in front of my building. I’ll be here for a few days just finishing up my coursework, and then head south to Reading, where my boyfriend lives. I’ll be there for the second weekend, then I’ll head to Paris, where I’m meeting up with some of my friends from GWU who are studying in London. The next day, I get to be with my bestest friend in the whole world (since we were 12), and Meg and I will do a lot of European traveling. We’re doing more in-depth adventuring than a lot of people I’ve spoken to, because we’d rather spend a day in a city than a day on a train. But to each his/her own!

Meg and I will continue to be in France for the third weekend and then we’re heading to Switzerland to visit the church where my parents were married [they had been living in Germany, stationed there with the US Army, and Bern was where the closest LDS temple was located], and then we’re hopping over to Austria where we will be doing the Sound of Music tour. SQUEEEEEE. I’m so excited! Sound of Music is definitely one of my top five favorite movies of all time, and I love the music and the costumes and the accents and the scenery and I’m really really excited for that. In the fourth weekend, Meg and I will fly back to London and we’ll do the really big London touristy thing (though I have done that a few times already, there’s always something new to see, e.g. a Shakespeare play in The Globe!). She’ll then fly home and I’ll go back to Reading in time for me and the bf to drive back to Lancaster together at some point during the bank holiday (yayyy Royal Weddings!).

May 2 is the start of the second week of Summer term. I then must start “revising” (i.e. studying, specifically for exams) because I have exams on 16 May, 24 May, 28 May, and 4 June. Heaven knows I won’t actually spend 2 weeks studying for that first final, but I’m sure I’ll find loads of other things to do. I’m more used to 4-finals-and-a-presentation-within-10-days-of-each-other, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all of my time!

I have a month left in England at that point, which I plan on using to its fullness. My flight home is July 4th, which seems symbolic, but I won’t be glad to be independent from Britain, I’ll be heartbroken to leave.

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This post is about Heather choosing her words carefully

Time March 30th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Hi Readers!

I have been keeping a list of some of the things that I say differently. A lot of times, people give me the benefit of the doubt because Lancaster has a very diverse student population. Usually I don’t get corrected, though sometimes my friends find it funny enough to say something.

  • I am writing an essay, and not a paper. Though in The States I would use both interchangeably, I get mocked here for saying paper (because they think of newspaper). Lovingly mocked, but still, mocked. And actually I’ve written one essay, have another one due Friday, and another due right after break. Not that much work, but these are worth 50% of my grade!
  • You bring vouchers in to a restaurant to get a 2-for-1 deal. I don’t even know if they use the word coupon.
  • The word “bangs” makes my friend Kate, from Manchester, laugh every time I say it! The word is “fringe”.
  • So. Aluminum/Aluminium. Yeah. There’s an issue there. That one actually almost became a fight…
  • During my baking exploits (because I do love to bake) I walked into a Sainsbury’s looking for baking soda so I could make chocolate chip cookies. I knew there were other names, so I knew to maybe be on the lookout for “soda” or some other variations of that, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Eventually I went and asked a worker where to find it. He led me right back down the aisle I was in and points to something and says “Um, I think this is it.” Well, I thanked him for his help and ignored the fact that he had just pointed me to baking POWDER, which is definitely not what I needed. Luckily I looked around because behind the front row, I found was I was looking for: “sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, or bicarbonate of soda.” Also, the vanilla was really expensive, but it’s SUCH good vanilla.
  • Powdered sugar is called Icing sugar here. It’s really difficult to guess here, because in the US, they would usually have it in a plastic bag, and here they sell it in boxes, so you can’t just look in to make sure it’s the right thing.
  • Oh, side note: Get used to printing things on A4 sized paper. It’s a little bit skinnier, and a few inches longer than legal sized paper, which is the standard in the US. Usually the printer is smart and will just shrink/stretch your document to fit onto it, but to get a more professional looking paper you’ll need to change your page layout settings in Word.
  • I was told that when writing an essay, I should just pick either British spelling or American spellings and stick with it. So that’s what I tried to do. It was difficult as I was writing about “behaviour” in “organisations” so pretty much every citation I had needed to be altered. I’m not sure how my lecturer is going to grade that, hopefully she’ll remember that I’m a foreign student and have pity.
  • I asked the city librarian for directions to the theater, and she asked, “Well which one?” and I was thinking to myself, “come now, Lancaster isn’t THAT big” but I said “Well, just the main one, you know, the one that isn’t Duke’s [which is a “playhouse”- they only have 2 screens, show little indie films and plays and such]” and she’s like “well I don’t know which one you mean.” I was so confused how she didn’t understand what I was saying. Luckily, there were some girls that were just heading home and they said they’d show me where it was. They told me to be careful because “cinema” is the movie theater, and a “theater” is for plays. This was a very strange interaction because usually people know what I mean, but they feel the need to correct me anyway. She just genuinely didn’t understand me!
  • Lastly, I am contracting an accent, very slightly. I noticed it even in the first two weeks, because I had to modify the way I ask questions. It’s different here, just the intonation- which word of a sentence has the stress on it. I couldn’t tell you exactly which accent I’m speaking in, because my best friends are from Aberdeen [in Scotland], Morecambe [the next town over], Reading [which is wayy south], Manchester [about an hour from here, but Kate’s accent is the thickest I’ve heard yet (besides the Liverpool accent!)], and South Africa. I probably speak mostly with a Northern accent though. I hope I don’t lose it too quickly once I’m back in the states!

    DFTBA!

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    This post is about Heather loving England

    Time March 9th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

    Hey Readers!

    I know a lot of people blog only about their travels, but I have to say I’m so glad that I’m here, in Lancaster. I am increasingly more glad that I didn’t go to London (because that was a conscious choice for me), though I think it is a great city. I love living in the countryside, and we travel a lot. I have the incredible chance to be involved with a group of kids here who belong to the same church that I do, and they are all local-ish (some of the Uni kids are from other cities, but there is a hefty chunk of people who have lived in Lancaster their whole lives). Anyway, I love where I am, right here. I do love to travel, but I love my little community here.

    Trip to Blackpool to visit Show-zam’d, a little carnival:
    winter gardens

    The coast in Morecambe:
    Morecambe

    Back alley behind the bus station in Lancaster:
    Bus Station Alley

    I love BBC News. I’ve been following the news in the Middle East the past few weeks (Go Libya!), and have appreciated it more than all American news channels which I try to avoid.

    I love when people try to have me speak with a British Accent. My friends’ favorite thing is to make me say, “I just can’t be bothered!” It’s so honest. In the US, we’d be more inclined to make something up as an excuse (“Oh I can’t reach it”, “I don’t want to wash another dish”, “I might be busy that day”) but the English just tell you they don’t want to do whatever.

    So you might think it’s funny to poke fun at British spelling of things, people actually get kind of offended. They are very quick to point out that “you speak ENGLISH. We invented the language.” I was trying it out just as a social experiment, and I think I’m over that one. Yeah, they don’t like it. Another social experiment I tried was asking the boys playing Call of Duty in my flat if they’d ever fired an actual gun as opposed to a gun in a video game. One of them had, during a visit to is sister in America, but the rest had never even touched one (I come from gun-happy Idaho). I think I earned some street cred with them for saying that I’ve been shooting before. And then, just as Andrew an Lynn said, they asked, “Have you shot anyone?” Nice joke. Real original. Hahah.

    —————————-
    I’ve had to do my housing application for next fall at GW already, and I am registering for classes in just a few weeks. This makes me sad. I’m not ready to think about being back in GW, and rightly so! I still have 17 weeks left here. Nobody better ask me about it.

    We decided this weekend, on the IFSA-Butler Adventure Weekend, that we were 3 degrees removed from reality. Reality is a stereotypical salaried job etc, once removed is Uni, twice removed is studying abroad, and then three times removed was being on vacation. (Wales, as you can seen from the pictures below, was stunning/spectacular by the way. If you’re a future IFSA student, please please please make sure you go. SO much fun. Oran and company did an excellent job planning it all out.)

    View from castle ruins in Llanberis, Wales:
    View from Llanberis

    Coastal view from Llandudno, Wales:
    Coastal View

    Caernafon Castle, Wales:
    Caernafon

    Our Next Top Model winner, Wales:
    SHEEP

    DFTBA!

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    This Post is About Heather Traveling to Edinburgh

    Time February 7th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | 2 Comments by

    Hey readers!

    Once I was all settled in to Lancaster
    , my American friends who were also studying abroad started thinking about places they wanted to go. First up on our list was Scotland! We just went to Edinburgh for the weekend (Friday day to Sunday night), and it’s possible that we’ll go to Glasgow on a future day trip.

    One of the best things about Edinburgh (pronounced like Eddin-burrow, but you should slur that last syllable a bit so it’s not heard) is that it was so European! When I first came to London I was disappointed that it felt so much like New York City. The stores were all chains that we had in America, except for a few little boutiques. The traffic was the same, the crazy street performers, it all felt very familiar.

    I hated that! I was here for some culture, dangit, and I did get that a little bit when I came to Lancaster. Going to Edinburgh though, it was so beautiful! Everything was so rich with detail, all of the buildings and the roads, and it was done on a massive scale. I felt like I could take a picture of anything and it would be something to share with my friends at home.

    We took a tips-based walking tour around the city so we could hear all the back-stories to the big touristy attractions, and I totally recommend that to anyone going to a big city.

    Last tip, bring extra cold-weather gear if you’re going in the middle of winter. I felt like I wouldn’t be warm ever again by the time we got on the train back to Lancaster.

    Anyway, here are a few pictures!

    The Edinburgh castle is behind us:
    Castle behind J, K, and Me

    Jo Rowling walked through Greyfriar Kirkyard looking for inspiration and names:
    Tom Riddle's tombstone

    New School Edinburgh:

    The Scott Memorial:

    Looking down into New Edinburgh:

    Old royal living quarters in the castle:

    DFTBA!

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    This Post is About Heather Being Settled into Lancaster

    Time February 3rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

    Hey Readers!

    Last time I left you, I was just heading in to Lancaster University from orientation in London and getting myself ready for classes.

    I’ve completely settled in and am totally enjoying the culture here.

    The grocery store is accessible by bus, but walking back with forty pounds worth of groceries isn’t my favorite thing to do, so we shop in smaller bits each trip. I learned this when I came to GW, walking everywhere, but I’ve had to remember everything here. If you can’t carry it around the store, you’ll hate bringing it back to campus with you.

    The money here is difficult at first, but you get to learn the shape of the coins pretty quickly, the more you handle them. A lot of purchases here are cash based, and my US debit card doesn’t work in many shops (because it’s not a “chip and pin” card). It’s really strange that their bills are different sizes for different values, and they usually don’t fit in American wallets. I’m a big fan of the pound coin though, and I would love to see the US use them heavier. Coins are more sturdy, and so the Treasury would spend less money each year printing new bills to replace worn out ones.

    Classes are manageable, though I replaced one in the second week and I feel as though I haven’t caught up yet. I am taking four classes here, and I’m not positive how that’s going to translate back to GW.

    I have an English friend here who is studying next year at University of Michigan and we had a nice conversation today comparing the modes of teaching in the US versus England. From my experience, there is a lot more “lecture at you” type of tutorials (with no interaction), and then seminar/discussion sections which are about normal to what I expect in the US with seminar leaders trying to force kids into participating.

    I’m really glad that US schools don’t usually have year-long classes, so there are no assignments due right after winter break! My flatmate had physics exams my first week here, and I think that’s just mental.

    I also know about a dozen other people who are Americans studying abroad here. One of the girls I met was basically bragging about her house in the states and how big it was- a full bar in her basement and a full theater movie room and a $20,000 kitchen renovation project… and my flatmate was just astounded. He kept asking me questions throughout the night, wondering if all Americans had that much money. I told him that my family is not rich, my house isn’t big, but we do have a little bit of land. Seriously, he brought it up like 5 times during the course of the night, he was so concerned. So guys, if you do happen to be wealthy don’t flaunt it. It won’t earn you any bonus points with the locals!

    Well, I’m off to the bar- each college on campus has their own (and it’s government subsidized!)- some of the guys in my hall are going to play pool and darts, which we do a lot here.

    Just as a quick note, don’t feel pressured to drink. You can totally just get a water (if you feel the need to be holding something) or a lime and lemonade (which is really just lime and Sprite). In case you were wondering.

    DFTBA!

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    This Post is About Heather Exploring London for a Few Days

    Time January 13th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

    Hey readers,

    I’m here! It’s absolutely beautiful in England. It rained for the first few days of being in London, and again when we left for Lancaster, but honestly, I expected it and am even learning to embrace it. My hair loves that I’m not torturing it every day by blow-drying and straightening it- there’s just been no reason to waste the time when I’m going to get rained on anyway.

    So we stayed in a hotel in London for IFSA-Butler orientation and sat in conference rooms for a little while each day learning about things like safety in the city (Don’t catch flying Gypsy babies) and how the government works and why it works that way (Lord Tavern spoke to us- he’s a member of the House of Lords and very knowledgeable). We also learned more about the services that IFSA-Butler provides for us. It feels very reassuring and I totally trust my program directors to take care of any problems I could possibly have (and no, I’m not required to say that, but I feel like you as a reader should know it).

    We had a lot of free time to explore London. Me and some of the friends I’ve made since being here spent a lot of time wandering the shops at Covent Garden (The huge new Apple store)

    The Huge New Apple Store

    We went on a scheduled walking tour of Covent Garden, Leicester Square [pronounced like the name Lester], and Picadilly Circus. We stopped and watched a street performer (he was pretty funny but he talked too much) for a while so we didn’t get to go all the way to the river- the big tourist places. We ended our tour at the Criterion Theater where we watched a production of 39 Steps which I knew nothing about going in, but it ended up being quite funny. It’s impressive because it’s a play with a cast of 4(ish) so everyone is switching roles mid-scene.

    Then I realized there was a good chance that my friends from GWU who had been studying in England all year were probably back from Winter Holiday, so I met up with one and we did all of those things that I missed the day before. We walked down to Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square

    And down the street to Big Ben

    Big Ben at Sunset

    And Parliament
    Parliament at Sunset

    and Westminster Abbey and then across the bridge to see the London Eye. It’s closed for renovations, but it was still pretty cool. Then we walked along the river as the sun was setting. Because it was dark, I don’t have any more really good pictures, but we saw the Millennium Bridge and the Globe (I didn’t realize it was nestled right in the middle of a bunch of buildings. I had always imagined it out in the middle of nowhere) and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We were making our way to a church service that night with another one of my GW friends at St. Helens Bishopsgate. I took my first tube ride and was surprised by how well lit and comparatively clean it is.

    We had Pizza Hut that night, and the waiter was teasing us about our accents (I think he was just flirting to make a good impression/tip though because really he must hear a million American accents a week working in central London)

    So I’m on to discover a new city that is much smaller, and much more “real England.”
    DFTBA!

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    This post is about Heather getting ready to leave for England

    Time January 3rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

    December 29th, 2010

    Hey Readers! I have a week until I start my trek. I live in Washington, DC, so I’m taking a train up to Newark airport so I can catch the group flight to London. (I did the group flight because it was easy and also because I have a tendency to get myself inexplicably lost, so it was better to ask IFSA-Butler to pick me up from the airport. Good choice for me). Anyway I’ll spend a few days in London for IFSA-Butler orientation and then they’ll ship me out to Lancaster University.

    So basically I vary between 3 different feelings, and I’m sure everyone here is the same way at some point.

  • 1) I can’t believe it. I just think that next semester I’ll be back in my same dorm room with my roommates and my same job that I’ve had for 2 1/2 years. It’s out of my realm of comprehension. Six months in England? I’ve never even traveled outside of the United States, though I have traveled all around inside it.
  • 2) I am stuck in a daydream. This usually happens when I watch movies like The Queen (with Helen Mirren) or BBC documentaries. Occasionally it happens when I just think about living somewhere with rain and green things- I live in the city right now, pretty close to the White House, and there’s not a lot of grass/shrubs/trees etc. It’s almost euphoric thinking about the change and just packing up and moving. When I came to college I picked up and moved 2000 miles away from home. It’s a thrill not knowing anyone, and just being whoever I want. Doing whatever I want. Meeting new people.
  • 3) I’m nervous beyond belief. Mostly this is when I’ve convinced myself that I’m going to forget everything, including my passport and my brain apparently. I had a big scare about my work visa this week (because they have to take your passport when you submit your visa application, and I was cutting it deadly close) but I got an email today that they processed it in pretty much record time and were sending it back tomorrow. That was the last thing that needed to fall into place for me to go, but I’m still scared I’m going to screw up somewhere.
  • My transition to going abroad from my home university has been pretty easy, because I didn’t go home for Christmas break. I just packed everything in my one suitcase and my backpack and I have cousins in the area who stored all of the rest of it. I still feel like I’ve over-packed, like I’m going to regret having such heavy stuff when I get to England, but I’ve whittled down my amount of stuff every time I’ve visited my cousins for the past three weekends and I’m sure I’m just overreacting.

    So anyway- good luck to my fellow IFSA-Butler bloggers! I see Colleen’s already posted for the new semester, and there’s a few more posts pending, so I’ll be looking forward to reading everyone’s adventures.

    If you, Reader, have any questions at all (about applying, about choosing schools or countries, about traveling abroad), please ask! I wish I had asked more questions, because there is a lot of information out there but it gets overwhelming and people are totally willing to help out.

    DFTBA! [That’s an initialism for Don’t Forget to Be Awesome. It’s a Nerdfighter thing; if you don’t know what that is, you should look it up. If you do know what it is, you should post a comment :D] Byeeeee!

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