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Jun06

Back Home

After spending more than four months living and studying in Scotland, I returned home to Birmingham three days ago. In these first few days, my adjustment back to life in the U.S. has been harder than I had expected. My body wakes me up by 5 each morning (noon in Scotland) and is exhausted by 8 pm (2 am). I also apparently had forgotten just how hot summers in Alabama could be, and it’s only early June. I don’t just miss the cooler...

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Academics at St Andrews
May14

Academics at St Andrews

In some ways, academics at the University of St Andrews is very different from the University of Alabama. I expected many of the obvious differences, such as new set of terminology: module instead of course, term instead of semester, or revising instead of studying. Unlike most courses at American undergraduate colleges, each module at St Andrews features several lecturers, as many as 8 or 10 in some, who each teach his or her own...

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First Impression, University of St Andrews
Feb05

First Impression, University of St Andrews

Two weeks ago I got my first glimpse of Scotland from a window seat inside a small regional plane that heaved and rattled and jerked back and forth with every gust of wind. As we descended out of the cover of the clouds and glided over the Firth of Forth, I marveled at the ancient stone buildings clinging inexplicably to craggy dots of rock just offshore, the water racing away from the land with the lowering of the tide, and the...

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