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It’s the climb

Christmas break can never go by too slowly. I don’t know about you, but I milk the free month for all it’s worth. I have gotten at least nine hours of sleep every night for the past 2 weeks straight, and my lack of responsibilities has led to a disastrously messy bedroom and a new foosball addiction. My infatuation with this new table sport is so bad that I think I may actually be getting good at the game. Not my proudest accomplishment…

As much as I love sleeping and keeping my bedroom a dump, I also love to be outside over winter break. Here in Indiana we have gotten SO MUCH SNOW and it has made me SO HAPPY 😀 I have included some pictures below:

Indiana Snow Indiana Snow

Go ahead, make fun of my wanna-be professional photography. I’ll own it. But let’s be real, I mostly take pictures and videos of stuff because my memory is so horrible. I document my life through digital media so when I am 70 and literally have no memory I can look back on that one day when I went out into the snow and found an ornament and a candy cane hanging from a tree.

As I was saying, winter break can never go by too slowly. Though I do love going to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, it is sometimes difficult to put on my rally hat and get pumped for a new semester. College is fun, but since I am still in the midst of this undergraduate marathon, my rose-colored glasses have not arrived in the mail just yet. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the few lucky people in this world who have the amazing opportunity to study at a university, and I would never give that up for anything. Especially as an elementary education major, I truly believe that an education is the greatest gift that someone could receive. With that said, everyone could use a change every once in a while, right?

This is where Leeds University comes in.

Leeds is going to be my change. I literally have no idea what to expect. I have been to Europe twice before, but each time I took a bus tour type thing where you visit about 50 countries in three days so I am SO excited to experience a European city for an extended period of time!!! I really do not like having expectations for any experiences in my life, so instead of detailing what I think my semester will be like, let me tell you all I know about Leeds currently:

1) The Who’s 1st live album is called Live at Leeds — I assume that means super famous bands will constantly be performing right on my doorstep.

2) My grandmother’s grandmother lived in a town 10 minutes from Leeds until she decided that the United States needed to be her new home. She divorced her English husband and headed toward the U.S. with a graphic t-shirt that read “Single and ready to mingle.”

3) According to the Leeds Wikipedia page that I vaguely remember reading about 2 months ago, it has a population of 750,000ish.

4) Leeds has a professional soccer (football?) team called Leeds United — and I plan on becoming their biggest fan. (Though I do hope to go to a Manchester United home game at some point during the semester. shhhhh don’t tell.)

In 9 days I will be on my way to England with two suitcases and these four facts about Leeds. Even though I feel extremely unprepared for this semester, I know that I will enjoy all of what awaits. Just like life, studying abroad will be a journey with ups and downs, and I am so incredibly excited to share with you my thoughts, experiences, emotions, and memories as I embark on this life-changing trek.

I always enjoy ending my blog posts with a quote, and so for my first one, I will conclude with a short song lyric:

“It ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.”

Wise words from Miley Cyrus.

Or was it Voldemort?

I can’t remember.

It's the climb

 

 

Until next time,

Madeline

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