• Inspections in Chatham

    I am writing post program. However, this was a topic that I wanted to cover because I found it really hard to find information on it before I got to Disney. While I was living in Chatham, I was living in an apartment with seven other girls. It was four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Our rent want about $115 a week. Our first inspection, it was a little difficult to coordinate with everyone in the apartment about what should be done and how we were going to accomplish it. Two of our roommates had already done the program and it was really helpful getting their advice on…

  • Roommate Pairing Trouble That I Ran Into On My Program

    I first applied for the college program with my friend from high school, Ashley. Before I even got into the program, I had decided that I wanted to go random with my rooming situation. I had just spent the last year of college as an RA with my own room. I had also previously had a random roommate, when I returned to school after studying abroad, and it worked out. I have a strong belief that everything happens for the best and I was hoping that this program’s rooming situation would be the same. My thinking process was that rooming separately from Ashley would just allow me a chance to…

  • When I am 80 Years Old . . .

    I have always been pretty good at balancing my school work with my other activities and never feel like I am missing out on anything crucial with my friends or any other experiences. I think that is because I am very proactive and I try not to leave any work that I have until the last minute. I am also very realistic with my time. I know that an assignment will take a certain amount of time and I leave myself a slot in order to get it done efficiently. Here, I am not having a more difficult time planning, per say, but I am more aware of the choices…

  • Paris Trip

    I recently went to Paris for the weekend and it was amazing. Although it was the first trip that I booked, I regretted booking it as soon as I moved into my dorm because I had already been before and especially after I went on the Scotland trip. I was not extremely impressed by that trip but I was hoping Paris would be different because it didn’t require as much driving. The real reason I decided to keep the trip in my schedule was because I couldn’t get my money back if I canceled it. But, I am so glad I decided to go. We did so much. First we…

  • What Kind of Study Abroad Experience Do I Want?

    I am at about the halfway point of my semester abroad and I am really loving it. I am still trying to decide if I want to travel more. Everyone really stressed the importance of traveling on me before I left. The only problem is that I am really loving dorm life here. I find myself not getting very excited when I have a trip planned, although I always have fun. Some of the study abroad girls are traveling to amazing places every weekend, which sounds awesome but that is a lot of time, money, and living out of suitcases. They do get to see new and interesting things and…

  • Scotland Weekend

    One of the things everyone stresses on you when you tell them that you are studying abroad is your need to travel to other countries, especially if you are studying in – or in the UK’s case, around – Europe. The first trip I took was to Scotland. As a huge fan of Outlander, this was the first weekender I booked. I was really hoping to go and meet a nice, manly Jamie Fraser, move to Scotland, and live happily ever after. But, the trip – and the country – were not what I expected. Scotland somewhat underwhelmed me. There was a lot to see and it was a beautiful country…

  • Transition to Studying Abroad

    Now that I have finished my first week of classes, I have had time to look back and reflect on my transition to studying abroad. I decided to use my blog to document my time here so I can look back and remember my time here. I am currently studying in Twickenham, England at St. Mary’s University. I originally picked England because I thought it would be an easy transition and there is no language barrier. So far, the transition has been pretty seamless but with a few bumps. My dad brought me over and we stayed a few days in Teddington before I had to be at school. It…

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