Posts Tagged ‘England’

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.


For the Love of Art

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The current state of our world is an unnerving one, but I do not let it discourage me. Instead, I am finding inspiration and motivation to make a difference and to encourage change. I stumbled upon this piece of art in Brighton, UK this past Saturday. At the time, I captured the image with my camera simply because I liked it. The colors and composition stood out against the old, pale, and worn building behind it. Now, a couple days later, I am thinking about this image in a different light. There was something about its placement or being that caught my attention and inspired me to do something: snap a photograph. What if I could create art or content that made people stop, think, and change the way they view the world as a whole? What if I could be the artist to stop someone in their tracks? What if I could be someone who helps change the world only for the better. My university education has inspired me and dared me to ask those questions. And, I have learned to bravely answer, what if I told you, Emily, that you can change the world.


Buckingham Palace

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Today, I finally got to see Buckingham Palace with my own eyes. It was incredible as such history exists within its walls. We, my mother, sister, and I, became intrigued with the practice of Monarchy in England. I plan to do some more research into the history this evening in order to satisfy my curiosity. The structure itself was beautiful, surrounded by stunning sculptures and parks. My sister shared that she dreams of living there. I, however, was simply in awe of theplace. What a magnificent place to live and work. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a princess or a queen.


City of a Difference

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There are a load of differences, city to city. I have just returned from a weekend in Stockholm, Sweden. It was brilliant. The city was filled with bold colored buildings, friendly people, intriguing cafes, and excellent sights. I am beginning to appreciate even more deeply the individual culture that exists in our world. While Stockholm had some extraordinary photography opportunities, London still holds my heart. Each city I have spent time in offers a piece of itself that will stick with me forever. In London, I feel like everyone is ready for business, ready to get things done, and ready to dive in to whatever lies ahead. In Stockholm, I felt a sense of easiness, a sense of calm, and a draw for me to come back. I will visit Sweden again someday. I was very moved by the Swedish language and the ability of nearly every citizen to switch back and forth between Swedish and English with ease. I hope and plan to become a Swedish speaker one day. I even bought John Green’s The Fault in our Stars in Swedish to begin perusing the words and vocabulary. In a sense, I see an opportunity to compare my draws to Sweden and England to my roots in Minnesota. There is a special vibe unique to Minnesota, and that will always be a part of me. These cities, all in their own, will never leave my soul to rest.


The Jurassic Coast

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It is about time for me to return to my bit of reality in London. My final day in Dorset, England was nothing less than extraordinary, though. I am content with what I have accomplished. I spent the morning and afternoon meandering up-and-down along the Jurassic Coast. You could say my childhood dreams had been partly fulfilled. My favorite films as a child were The Little Mermaid, Harry Potter, Jaws, and, finally, Jurassic Park. I experienced the wonder of the ocean, yet again, the magic of England’s hidden treasures, and the complex energy of geological phenomena. I am endlessly grateful to The College of St. Scholastica for giving me the opportunity to be here, studying in such a beautiful country.