Despite what you might think, uni life in the UK provides many great opportunities to relax and enjoy down time in between classes and study sessions. At the University of Kent, the Kent Union works closely with the diverse student base offering fun, educational and exciting societies that provide every student with something interesting to catch their fancy. If your ideal way to relax and recharge after a busy week studying is to dance then traditional Balinese or aerobic belly dancing might be the perfect choice, or if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at stand-up comedy, then there is a society that can make that dream come true (and we all know laughter is the best medicine).
There are dozens of reasons to study in the UK, but that’s just the first step in a series of decisions in this process. Once you’re committed to studying in Britain, it’s important to decide where in the UK you want to study. There are different pros to studying in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but here are five reasons you should consider studying in England.
The UK has a diverse history and there are many places you can visit all throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland that allow you to learn more about this fascinating country and its heritage.
As I was brainstorming for this blog, I – more times than I’ll admit – found myself totally stuck. I felt like I had to write about the greatest, most underrated “alternative” location that readers could go to and have a life changing experience. I put all sorts of pressure on myself to pick the right place. I scrolled through my photos, trying to justify place after place as the best alternative spot, but none of them seemed quite right. I define an alternative travel destination as one without tickets, lines, and crowds – a setting that allows you to soak in your surroundings. In short: a place that takes you on an adventure, while making you feel right at home.
I may be biased, but I think my university town of Aberystwyth is the best hidden gem in Wales. It’s hidden so well, it’s right in front you, and you still can’t pronounce it, can you? (I’m kidding, it took me months, think: Aber-wrist-with.) In this blog, I'd like to make sure you get a better idea of what Wales has to offer and why it is an untapped gem of the UK.
Wales is one of the most magical places in the world. While there are literally countless reasons to choose Wales as your UK study destination, I’m going to outline the top 5 reasons below!
During your time in the UK, it’s very likely that you will encounter memorable experiences that you’d like to treasure forever, perhaps on nights out with friends, or while traveling Britain and beyond. Oftentimes on vacations to unfamiliar places, we seek mementos, such as postcards or shirts, to remember our experiences by. However, your study abroad experience is much more than a vacation, and as such, you may be wondering if there are more engaging ways of documenting your experience. Here are three great ways to document your trip that don’t involve souvenirs:
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We’re taught to use the buddy system the moment we start Kindergarten. Take a buddy to the bathroom. Take a buddy to the office. Here’s your field trip buddy. That’s your recess buddy. We have lab partners. We have PE dance class partners. We find a best friend. We find groups of friends. We go to dances and parties in pairs. We’re assigned a walking partner for high school graduation ceremonies. We’re assigned a college roommate. The list goes on.
Now – don’t get me wrong – I don’t disagree with the buddy system. I’m sure I’ll enforce it with my own kids someday. But I do think there are times in life that you should walk alone.
As we head into February, you may be beginning to get excited about the prospect of studying in the UK, and thoughts may have run through your head regarding what you should bring. If the excitement’s gotten the best of you, here’s five things you should consider adding to your packing list that you may not have thought of already:
Rich: having a great deal of money or assets OR plentiful and abundant
I left California thinking I was a well-rounded, well-travelled, rich (the second part of the definition) person. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Many of us create and collect our opinions, we determine what we value, and we decide who we want to spend our time with (as well as where we spend it) based on the environments we’re raised in. We – sometimes subconsciously – inherit these things from those that came before us: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, friends, etc. It’s safe and comfortable to believe and continue living within the “familiar”, and I’ve learned that there’s really nothing wrong with that. However, those that do seek and find the opportunity to travel come to know richness much greater than material or monetary items can provide.