My friends and family were very excited when I decided to pursue my master’s degree in England. The usual comment was “Wow, London will be amazing!” London is great (I have been able to visit a few times since coming over), but many of them are surprised when I say, "I am actually living and studying in Cornwall!".
Being American, I never had the opportunity to see castles as a kid and was so intrigued by their old world mystique. I grew up surrounded by Native American structures, but being a major studier of western history, it has been nearly surreal to be standing in something that looks like it’s right out of Lord of the Rings. The castles that dot the Welsh coast of Wales are a spectacle of design and the history of Britain’s past. These castles document all the way from William the Conquers’ invasion of 1066, covering the Welsh warlords era, and to the English conquest of Wales and their fortification of the land.
I was born and raised in sunny California, so needless to say, one of my biggest concerns when I moved to the UK was how I was going to survive two years of UK weather. Within a few days, it can go from sunny and clear skies, to pouring rain, to overcast and freezing. A few months in and I can’t claim that I’ve mastered the unpredictable weather, but I have learned some tricks to turn even the gloomiest of days into something fun. Here are five of my favorite things to do when the weather is gloomy:
When I studied broad in the Fall of 2017, it was my first time away from home. Up until then, I had only left the country once, and only been on a plane one time! It was terrifying, and I expected to feel homesick for the entire three months I was supposed to be gone… except I didn’t. It took a few weeks before I realized that I hadn’t missed home for even a second, and that thought made me feel a bit bad.
Hello wanderer! What made you click on this blog? Is it because you’re somebody who longs to feel what it is like to be English? Or is it because you’re an American looking for reasons to convince your parents (and, sometimes, yourself) that England might just be the perfect choice?
Besides the whole furthering your education, being responsible, and planning for your prosperous future what’s the best part about going to university in the UK? You can go almost anywhere you want to on the weekend!
There are stages to moving across the world, away from everything that you are familiar with. They do not necessarily go in order, and they do often fluctuate. I call them; the "What stage", "The Oh I Know This stage", "The I Don't Want To Do This Anymore stage", and lastly, "The I Can Do This stage". When it comes to Holiday Season, these four stages definitely come into play stronger than ever. When it comes to not being able to go home for the holidays, the stages hit full speed. However, there is a way to make the "I Can Do This stage", the winning stage.
If you have stumbled upon this page, chances are you are considering attending your undergraduate or postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom. Whether you are looking to complete a full degree or an exchange program, studying abroad is an enriching personal and academic experience. And if you are seriously considering the UK, Across the Pond has excellent advisers and amazing resources to help you apply to the right program to meet your goals.
You did it! You have landed in the UK, made it to your housing after a very long flight, and as it is incredibly exciting to finally arriving in the UK, we are all overwhelmed with the thought of “what do I do first?”. As I am sure every international student coming to the UK gets some sort of Induction Planner, here are the top 5 things you need to accomplish as QUICKLY as possible when you arrive.
Stress is something that no one wants to deal with, yet we all struggle with. Some days are worse than others, but as long as we know how to cope with the pressure of school, stress can be battled effectively. Life is about balance and in order to efficiently handle the pressure of school while adjusting to an unfamiliar environment, I found that it is tremendously important to find the balance that works best for you.