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Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador

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Christmas Traditions in the UK vs. the US

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Dec 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM


Sometimes I forget how completely, and amazingly might I add, different England is from America. We may speak the same language (sort of), but there’s also so much that we don’t have in common. For example, while the holiday rush in the last two months of the year in the US is focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas, in the England it’s focused around Guy Fawkes Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas.

If you can imagine celebrating the US Independence day in November, then you have successfully imagined Guy Fawkes Day. On November 5th every year, and the days leading up to, a slew of fireworks are set off all day long all around England in celebration of Guy Fawkes day. It’s a strange experience as an American where I’m used to watching fireworks on a hot July day in sandals, a pair of shorts and some ice tea, whereas here I was in my full winter ensemble with a hot cocoa in hand.

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Topics: British Traditions

Why You Should Consider Studying Outside of London

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Nov 21, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Community Connection

Since living in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, UK, I’ve noticed that it is best to leave my house at least 20 minutes early for anywhere I need to be. Not because of traffic (I walk everywhere). Simply because the connections that you make with the locals in your community are unlike anything that you could experience living in the big city of London. I truly live in a town where ‘everybody knows your name’. 

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Whatever the Weather - A Blog about British Climate Concerns

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Oct 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Leaving the comforts of sunny San Diego, California to come to the UK, which is infamous for its cloudy rainy days, was at first a challenge for me. I had been acclimated to 365 days of summer where the winter temperatures are comparable to UK’s summer weather! I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a good fit; and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Topics: weather, England