Tag Archives: College

Meal Planning: a guide for the busy student

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 […]

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 […]

From American College to Scottish University: a Vocabulary Primer

One of the first things any student moving from one side of the Atlantic to the other will encounter is a wave of new academic vocabulary. You may find that some terms make sense and perhaps seem more logical than the terms you were used to, but others are plainly perplexing. Since these seemingly small […]

Dorm Room Inspiration

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” […]

The Final Countdown

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 […]

Overseas Study: the preparation checklist

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 […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part III

(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 […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part I

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part one.) Firstly, let us indulge in some debunking. There are couple of common misconceptions about the purpose of the college application essay: some students believe the essay is meant to be a complete biography while others […]

There and Back Again: A Freshman’s Tale

After coming home from college, it often feels as if the whole year was a wondrous dream of quaint colonial vignettes and the never ceasing turning of pages assigned by the most knowledgeable of professors, quirky enough for any mad tea party. This past year certainly stole away faster than any I have known so […]