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Semester Highlights: one last spring in St Andrews

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. […]

St Andrews: the Close of a Chapter

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 […]

Fall 2017: A Semester Reflection

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 […]

St Andrews Semester 2: some highlights

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 […]

The Study Abroad Arrival Checklist

There are few things more exciting than watching foreign ground peek out from the fluff and fog of clouds as your plane descends. The moment you arrive abroad, you may find yourself either eager to explore and indulge in unabashed tourism or, if your have had a particularly long trip, ready to do nothing but […]

So long Scotland, see you in 2017!

While I had my back turned, or my nose buried in a book, or while I was wandering around that seaside town, my first semester at St Andrews stole away leaving a pile of notes on John Milton and an endless string of remembered laughs and cheer shared with friends over many, many cups of […]

A Highlands Excursion

Contrary to any impression my recent (and horribly infrequent!) posts may give, my life here is not really just a series of fantastic trips to photo-worthy places. In reality, it involves a lot more time spent learning to document sources according to the Chicago Manual of Style and scrubbing seagull droppings off of the handlebars […]

Adventures in the UK Part III: St Andrews, Only the Beginning

I have been here a month, and St Andrews seems to have left me without words; I am not sure if that is because it is an indescribably amazing place, or because I have written so many essays in the past few weeks that my vocabulary is just too tired! Well, it is probably a […]

Adventures in the UK Part II: Edinburgh

In the previous installment of my adventures in the UK, my mom and I had just taken the night bus from London to Edinburgh. As we approached Edinburgh, the rising sun in the curtained windows of the bus revealed black outlines of windswept lowland trees and foothills. Soon, we were hurtling through the empty streets […]

Adventures in the UK Part I: London!

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 […]