Three Months Down, Three More to Go

I cannot believe I am almost three months into my time abroad. The whole experience has been surreal, and I am having an absolute blast. While I have spent a lot of my time during the week in the classroom and library studying and writing papers, I have had loads of time to explore Edinburgh, England, and other areas in Europe. Since I arrived in Scotland, I have grown to appreciate the culture and accept the differences with open arms. I am still getting use to washing my dishes in a bin within the sink and saying pence instead of cents, but I still have some time to nail down the proper lingo and ways of living.

Despite the great time I am having, I often find myself missing home and BC. Relay For Life, UGBC Elections, and speaker series are all events I love taking part in on campus. It has been sad seeing these events go on without me being there to experience them myself. Although I am missing school, my family, and my friends, I am excited for what the next few months of my time abroad hold. Since I am just about done with classes, I have loads of time to travel and explore the UK and Europe while still finding time to study for exams. In the next few weeks, I have plans to travel around Spain, Italy, England, and Greece with both new and old friends. I cannot wait to see in person the many monuments, buildings, stores, and museums I have been reading about in my classes and online. It may not be the snowy and social justice-filled semester I am use to at BC, but I know I am learning a lot about myself and the cultures around me, and I plan to take all of it back to Chestnut Hill with me in the fall.

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Are They Saying Welcome to Scotland?

Hi everyone! My name is Kim Alderman, and I am a junior from Chester, New Jersey. This semester, I am SO excited to be studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland! At Boston College, I am a double major in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in Special Education. At Edinburgh, though, I’ll be taking a wide range of courses from Architecture to Criminal Justice to Gender Studies. I can’t wait to learn not only about the different cultures present in the city, but also about the way the educational system differs from that of Boston College.

Thus far, things have been going pretty well, and I am excited to continue exploring the city and surrounding areas. It is starting to become second nature that cars drive on the left side of the road and that you pay in pounds not dollars. While I am looking forward to the many exciting trips, socials, and activities the future holds, I am constantly reminded from Facebook and phone calls home of the friends I left at BC and the upcoming endeavors being tackled by my family. Although this has made me think about my choice to study abroad, so has waking up to the beautiful Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city and the mountainous Arthur’s Seat, both of which have reassured my decision to try something new and gain this already valuable experience. And (hopefully) with time, I will grasp the Scottish accent that at the current moment sounds like gibberish and a foreign language to me.

Until next time…