Posts Tagged ‘abroad’

London and Beyond

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Myself and two of my best friends have been accepted to St. Scholastica’s London study abroad trip this May with the English and Theatre department. In addition to the 2 1/2 week trip that will feature tons of tourist sites in England, we are planning to take an extra two weeks to travel Europe as a trio. Following the CSS trip, we will make Germany our home base as we have friends and family throughout the country. During our time, we will make day trips and overnight trips to different cities and countries such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Nuremberg, and Cologne. If I’m lucky (and save enough money) I am considering scuba diving at a WW2 site as I just recently got scuba certified. I know this kind of trip could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience so I am doing my best to save up money from my jobs. In addition to that, I’m asking for forwards on birthday gifts from family members and selling my prom dress. A lot of people do go-fund me pages but I think I’m just going to stick with the old fashioned methods. I am so excited to have been selected for this opportunity and to have friends willing to spend the extra time exploring with me. Europe here we come!

Should I Study Abroad?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Yes, yes, yes, and, again, yes! Please, do capitalize the opportunity to study abroad in college. It will change your life for the better. Your college education will become something you could never imagine it to be, in the best of ways. You will learn to understand the world in a new way. And, you will discover a lot about yourself and the differences you want to make in the world. I am writing from Edinburgh, Scotland, a long ways from home. I have seen nearly ten different cities in the UK now and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. I have learned so much already, and I have barely scratched the surface. I almost didn’t come to England. I was so close to staying home. I thought it would be better idea to stay in Duluth, focus on my acting and my studies, but I was so wrong. The best thing I could of done was this: get on a plane to England, and study in a far away place, somewhere I no longer felt ‘at home.’ I, now, feel the most at home I have ever been, especially with myself. There are so many places calling your name from afar, asking you to come learn, to come see, and to come experience the world. The College of St. Scholastica offers a lot of options and help to make these things happen for students. I chose England, but students have traveled to Ireland, Germany, and beyond.

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The Birthplace of Harry Potter

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

This afternoon, I arrived in the birthplace of Harry Potter: Edinburgh, Scotland. I am even writing this blog post from the very place J.K. Rowling wrote her incredible string of novels, The Elephant House. This journey marks the beginning of a quarter year of travels around Europe by myself, and I am beginning it with great gusto and positivity. As a writer and student, I find it extraordinarily inspiring to be seated in the very space a great, such as Rowling herself, gave birth to the magical world of Harry Potter. She is human, like me. And, she was probably drinking her tea/coffee and working away, just as I am write now. This relation is one I failed to realize until recently. I had never been, until now, so close to the people who have created the imagery, media, and content I have drawn inspiration from throughout my entire life. I am in the space of Rowling in Edinburgh, I was on the red carpet with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in London, I stood above Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey, where he is buried, in London, and I have learned and worked beside friends who have already accomplished great things in the media industry and beyond. The world holds its doors open to me, and I believe, now more than ever, than anything is possible if I am willing to set my mind to the challenge.

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This World is Human

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

There is something truly special about wandering the world. The amount of knowledge, perspective, and acceptance you gain is simply hard to fathom. It is infinite. I already feel changed. I have met people from many different countries, carried out conversations with them, and been shown what it means to be human. We are all one. We are all special. And, we all have something to give to this world. My study abroad experience has been nothing short of extraordinary. This journey has surpassed all of my beliefs and expectations. I am fully moved by this experience. I am forever changed. I am forever connected to the furthest corners of the world, with friends from New Zealand, Holland, Sweden, and beyond. And, I am forever filled with wanderlust, a need for diversity, and a desire to continue opening my mind to the wide world of difference around me. What I have realized, is that no matter how different, how odd, or how quirky we are as individuals or as an entire culture, in the end, we are only human. We are all human. And, we are one.

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Tea Time in Camden Market

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Yesterday, I explored another area of London, Camden Market, with my friends, and we loved it. Since we do not begin classes until the 19th, we have had a lot of time for wandering the city this week. On our way to the market, we stumbled in to a tea shop called Yumchaa, and it was the absolute cutest. I loved that spot, and I would be more than happy to return sometime. In the remainder of my free time, when I have not been exploring, I have been participating in parts of orientation that are compulsory and preparing for my courses to begin; I could not be more excited.

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