College students are dreamers: if we were not, why would we be in college? The path of higher education is one of striving for the knowledge and wisdom that equip us to do more than what we are currently capable of doing. Don’t we all dream of doing great things to make the world better? […]

  If you have ever heard an orchestra warming up, you may have noticed that the first sound to cut the silence is a sustained note played by a lone woodwind instrument. The tone calls out above the rest of the ensemble, hanging in solitude for a moment. Then, winds and strings rise to match […]

I can’t believe how much I did this past semester! As it was my last one in St Andrews, I was determined to make the most of it. Academically, it was a bit of an oddity due to the interruptions to the course schedule caused by nationwide strikes from a union of lecturers and administrators. […]

Why did I start this blog? Well, why does anybody start a blog? My first ever post back in the misty distance of November 2015 (my goodness, 2015?!) proclaims with all the confidence a freshman can muster that this blog will be a place for me to share stories, adventures, and advice during this four […]

Before it was the birthplace of golf or the home of Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews was a place of holy pilgrimage. The magnificent cathedral which once marked the end of the journey for thousands of medieval pilgrims is no longer standing, the original relics of Saint Andrew have been lost, but the place retains […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! After a fantastic semester, it is great to be home for the holiday season! Many people are surprised to hear that Ohio is actually significantly colder and snowier than St Andrews. The combination of the mild but blustery climate of St Andrews and the balmy yet drizzly winters of […]

This time a year ago, I was twiddling my thumbs and obsessively refreshing my email inbox for the first indication of my housing assignment for the coming year at St Andrews. Unlike the rest of my W&M joint degree compatriots, I had applied for a room in Albany Park, a collection of blockish concrete, self-catered […]

Sixth months, it’s been sixth months since my last post! I certainly have not maintained the regular schedule of posts I had in mind when I first started this blog last year, but that is alright. If I haven’t written as much as I hoped to about college life and travel, it is only because […]

St Andrews is St Andrews, and there has never been nor will there ever be another place like it. I love seeing the arms of each sign post naming the town’s various corners, from the Cathedral to the Old Course, which are somehow united in the place’s ancient identity. Apart from the landmarks, there are […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My family and I had a lovely and blessed Christmas filled with joy, relaxation, and cookies, of course! Per tradition, at Christmas we always have sugar cookies from the family recipe and gingerbread cookies, specifically ninjabreadmen, on hand. This year, I tried Fine Cooking’s gingerbread recipe with great success. The cookies […]