Moving to Scotland during Covid… Was It Worth It?

In the summer, it became clear that my dream of moving to Scotland wasn’t going to be exactly as I’d envisioned. My master’s programme was going to take place almost entirely online for the first semester and perhaps the second. I was even given the option to defer study for a semester or whole year, but here I am in Scotland. So, was it worth it?

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How Being American Has Shaped My Worldview

In many parts of the world, Americans are often seen as ethnocentric with a lack of cultural understanding. Maybe they don’t feel the need to become more culturally-aware because they belong to a globally-dominant culture. While the U.S. claims to embrace different cultures, I’m not sure most Americans live up to that, but I want to.

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I Just Moved Beyond the Wall (to Scotland)

In May 2019, I visited Scotland for the first time and fell head over heels with the country. It was a land of gripping stories, peaceful lochs and towering hills (and hairy cows, of course). I’d been looking for postgraduate programmes in the States, so I decided to expand my search to the UK. As if by fate, I found the perfect course at the University of Stirling in Scotland. I now find myself living among the Wildlings beyond the Wall…

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Finding a Home in a Foreign Country… in a Pandemic

In a month, I’ll be moving to Scotland (knock on wood) and, after a complicated search, I have a place to live.

I’ve been overanxious to go to Scotland since accepted to university in October. Heck, I began looking at properties in January! Around that time, a friend introduced me to a girl who was looking for a roommate where I’d be studying. We seemed to have a lot in common and I was excited to start looking for places together.

Then, the pandemic happened.

The girl with whom I’d hoped to live decided not to return to campus in the fall.

By April, I realised I should start figuring out accommodations. Here’s how it all went down…

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