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Back in the States: The Re-adjustment Phase

Time January 8th, 2010 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Well it has been nearly a month since I returned from studying abroad in Cardiff. Even though I am happy to be back and see all my family and friends, I truly do miss living in the United Kingdom. I told my family I wish I could bottle them up and take them to the London.
It seems like once I got fully acclimated to the UK lifestyle; it was almost time for me to leave. Now that I am back here, I find myself having to readjust to my hometown and my home university. Some of the adjustments included time zone differences and weekend routine activities. For the first 3 weeks I was at home I found myself waking up at 4 a.m. central time, which would mean it was 10 a.m. in Wales. Nowadays, I wake up about 6 in the morning.
One of the things I miss the most about in being in Cardiff is walking around the city and seeing all the various architecture. I also miss many of the news contacts I made as well a restaurant I enjoyed called Nando’s.
Overall, my study abroad experience enabled me to grow mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I am very thankful for the experience, because it has changed my life forever. For example at first I was considering a career in domestic policy, now I am going to graduate school for international policy so I can have international component in my career. Hopefully, one day I will get to come back to the United Kingdom and work in London.

Cheers,
Brandi

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Adventures of BP: Dublin Edition

Time November 18th, 2009 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Me in front of the Dublin Castle
Wow. I can’t believe I only have one month left before I have to head back to the states. Lately, I have been thinking if I have done everything I set out or wanted to do while I was here. I have short list to dos before my flight on December 13. My list includes a few things I still want to capture pictures of and souvenirs I need to purchase for my family and friends.

Recently, I went to Dublin for a few days just to experience a new change in scenery from Cardiff and London. The people were really nice in Dublin. While I was there I thought that if I traveled by foot everywhere it would be more scenic journey than if caught a cab. Needless to say I was able to take lots of great pictures of the Dublin Castle, City Hall, the quay, and numerous other attractions. Friendly Leprechaun One thing I really liked about Dublin is that all of the attractions are rather close to each other. Even though I had known I was going to be visiting Dublin beforehand I still did not tell my mom till afterward, since I did not want them to worry about me.

Now I’m not encouraging anyone to go anywhere without your family. I decided to leave all my details with my cousin just in case something happened she would know where I was. I decided to mail my mom and granny a postcard from Dublin. I can’t wait to hear their reactions, when they get card in the mail.

On another note classes are getting better each week. It has been rather frustrating at times to adapt to UK academic standards of essay writing and test-taking. One the main differences are here the students are given more freedom in their essay structures to develop it however they want. In the American system many teachers think the more freedom you give students the more errors can occur. But I guess the key is just to keep a positive attitude and not to give up, because no one said studying abroad was going to be easy.

Though I am very anxious to get back home and see my family and friends, I realize that I will definitely miss Cardiff-the people, the atmosphere. I am already trying to figure out how and when I am going to come back. It looks like I could be back in the summer depending how a few things turn out. Well I have to run now.

In the park

Cheers,
Brandi

p.s. this week’s pictures are from Dublin

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First Week

Time September 25th, 2009 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Wow. I have been in the United Kingdom for just over a week. Today I woke up this morning and everyone was like why are you smiling so much wide. I just laughed. I thought to myself it’s a beautiful thing to be here, to wake up in another country unlike your own and know that there are any great and enriching encounters waiting to happen, new things to learn or to try, and vast amount of cultural experiences. Though I am in a new environment I understand I must keep my guard up. People love to spot an American and take advantage of them.
I really wish I didn’t have an American accent, because always ask me if I am American when I speak. Secondly, I wish I could speak pigeon. Lots of people speak pigeon here. I’m curious to know what they talk about.

This week I registered for my classes. I ended up having to change a couple of them, because the times conflicted with the other classes. So I ended up taking Politics & Journalism, Race, Nation, and Identity, and Conflict & Media. Classes start next week. I am excited. This week was called Freshers Week. The school had various events planned including, company, societies (school clubs), and sports fair.I joined four clubs. I joined the Fashion Society, Asian Society, United Nations Modeled Society, and the Bible Study Society.

Since I only been here a week, I’m still also adjusting to the culture and trying to meet new people. The second one is a little bit harder for me to do, since I am more of introvert. Hopefully, with the start of classes I will be able to come out my shell more on campus.

Since I have been her I have hung-out a couple times with my friend from Saint Louis, who lives in London.
Actually right now I’m sitting at her coffee table in London. Last night was one of her friends birthday parties. The affair was not like anything I had ever seen in the United States. I can’t even really explain it. But overall it was really kool.It feels really good to know someone who not that far away.Saturaday I will head back to Cardiff. Then Sunday I will go with some Cardiff’s international students on a tour of Wales, where we will get to see castle and a manor, then have lunch.

Well I have to go now, but check back next week or so to see how my courses went.

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