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A Late Hello!

Before I begin video blogging about my experience abroad this semester, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Elissa and I’m a junior at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, although I’m originally from California. I study computer science and I’m getting an interdisciplinary certificate in Arts & Technology. I’m spending this spring semester at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where I’m taking some courses in computer science but also taking courses in humanities, which I haven’t done in a while.

I decided to study away in Edinburgh after visiting Scotland a couple of years ago and spending some time in the city. We were here during the festivals, and I had the chance to see some shows during the Fringe. The vibrancy and accessibility of the arts in the city were definitely a big part of my desire to study here. As I learned more about the University, I found out that it has the best School of Informatics, which encompasses computer science, in the United Kingdom, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

While I’m here, I’m planning to get involved in the student theater groups. I’m already working on one show,¬†The Pillowman, at Bedlam Theatre, which is the home of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, and I’ll be lighting¬†King Lear, which is being produced by the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company, later in the semester.

I’m also excited to explore the city, Scotland, and the rest of the UK while I’m here. I’ve climbed Calton Hill a few times and visited the castle, but I haven’t gotten to Arthur’s Seat, the tallest hill in Edinburgh, yet. This weekend, a friend and I are going to our homestay in northern England in a town called Penrith, so I’m getting a start on my goal of seeing the rest of the UK!







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