Fall Semester Coming to Close

Fall Semester Coming to Close

Well, it crept up on me pretty fast, but I’ve just recently returned from my Fall semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland.  Despite the pandemic and other complications that kept my time abroad uncertain, I’m honestly very happy and surprised with how much I was...
Returning to the Homeland

Returning to the Homeland

When I first landed in the US I was instantly greeted with familiarity. I loved being in Scotland but it’s just something about being in your own country that makes you feel more secure. After my connecting flight I finally landed in New Orleans airport. I felt...

While in Scotland

When I first arrived in Edinburgh, I was jetlagged and disoriented. I was more than ready to get to Heriot Watt University, find my flat and settle in to my new home for the month. My taxi ride to the university was really enjoyable as my driver was lively and...
A Love Letter to Scotland

A Love Letter to Scotland

In Scotland, it feels like you can reach out and grab the old gods. The second I got off the plane in Inverness’s tiny airport, I knew I could live in the Highlands for the rest of my life. The people are friendly and there are forests and coastlines everywhere....

Prepping for Scotland

Ever since high school I’ve known I wanted to venture abroad. Not only to see and explore other countries but also to experience different cultures, dialects and ways of life. Last year I began looking at the programs UA Education Abroad offered that catered to my...

Scotland Soon!

Hey, my name is Tristan, and I am a senior chemical engineering student at The University of Alabama. I will be leaving to Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow for UA in Scotland: Unit Operations Lab. I chose to study abroad because I have never been across the Atlantic Ocean...

(sorta) Alla Mezza

I planned to pop back in at the half way point in the semester to write…but things got a little busy! So, this is my mid semester check-in, and it is coming at a time that ironically feels the most like “school” as I know it since I’ve gotten...

Buongiorno, Torino!

Just about a week to go and then I’ll be in the air headed for northern Italy! It all seems so surreal right now that I’m not sure I’ll really believe it until we touch down in Turin and I check in to my dorm/home for the next five months. This has...

Returning to the USA

Getting back home was a bit of an adventure. My flight was delayed 2.5 hours, causing me to almost miss my connection back to New York. By some miracle, I made it through customs in Dublin and boarded my plane. Upon arrival I was exhausted, and shocked at just how...

Finally back to the States

Having spent 5 weeks in Germany, I felt that I wanted to stay longer, but alas I had to return to prepare for fall classes. The travel back home ended up being somewhat of a nightmare. First, a security incident in Munich left hundreds of people delayed or stranded....

Beautiful Bavaria

After 4 weeks in Berlin, our group spent our fifth and final week in Munich and the surrounding area. Munich is about a third of the size of Berlin, and is still incredibly steeped in Bavarian tradition. The people there are much more conservative, and it shows in...

Abroad in Denmark

I was very excited to get to Denmark after 2 weeks of backpacking. Thankfully, I arrived with two friends who were also in the same program, and met up with a few more that first night. After arriving in Copenhagen, I couldn’t help but smile and appreciate how...