Wednesday the 24th of August, with our little Volkswagen piled with luggage, ready to begin a great adventure, my mother and I set off to Starbucks, then to Toronto, and finally to London’s Gatwick airport. Upon arrival, we caught a train to Victoria Station at the heart of the city where we dragged our unwieldy […]

Searching for proof that prayers are answered and dreams can come true? Just look, I made a successful souffle! Oh and tomorrow I fly off to begin my greatest adventure, that is fairly convincing evidence as well. I have wanted to make another attempt at a souffle for awhile. Previously, I tried making souffles a […]

What do you do when you are one month away from turning 20 and less than a week and a half away from moving across the Atlantic? Well, in my experience, you binge read Harry Potter books. Call it escapism. Yes, there is a lot of packing to do, but I did toss a few […]

Move-in Day at St Andrews is a month from tomorrow, now would be the time to get excited (that is if I hadn’t already been ecstatic for the past six months).  Last week, I got my housing assignment and was delighted to be placed in my top choice. I will be living in a “self-catered” […]

In less than one month I will be in Britain! Unbelievable. Preparations continue and soon I will be as ready as I will  ever be to embark on my great adventure.  For all intents and purposes, I am done with the London reading list! After reading all of the novels and prose selections, I finally […]

Before I get to those teapots full of daisies, I would like to issue a quick public service announcement, so please bear with me because this is a public service announcement about listening to public service announcements. It isn’t often that northeast Ohio is the topic of national and international headlines, but this summer has […]

Happy Independence Day! God bless America, we have so much to be grateful for! The fact that I am about to leave amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty behind, for a while at least, continues to solidify from a fanciful notion into a concrete reality, which of course bears up some curious thoughts […]

In childhood, I saw the world without even leaving my little hometown in the heart of Ohio. My mom’s work with international students and delegates visiting our area surrounded me with exchange students and Fulbright scholars who had packed their suitcases to the point of bursting and left home to enrich their educations with an […]

The number of days and pages separating London and me continues to shrink, and my excitement just keeps growing! After finishing The Old Curiosity Shop, I read four stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Mrs. Dalloway, and all of them were wonderful in their own ways. Somehow, the same […]

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part three.) After you have gained an understanding of the function of the application essay (see part I) and considered how you should or shouldn’t approach the prompt and topic selection (see part II), you are ready […]