The Journey Beginning

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

After several failed attempts, and many frustrated appointments with IT I finally have internet! We arrived at Edinburgh Airport early Saturday morning. We had made the flight from Amsterdam (our initial layover from Minneapolis) along with four fellow international students at Stirling. Brecken and Brett from Wisconsin and two girls from South Carolina. We took a taxi directly to Stirling from the airport with Brett and the South Carolina girls. The trip was fairly quiet as we spent most of the trip looking at the new Scottish countryside.

Housing on campus has been a rather large disappointment. All the internationals students have been compiled into one single wing of the campus’ worst dorm, normally intended for freshmen. As we were all expecting to be in flats mixed between international students and locals. Yet, we are all crammed together in unsatisfactory conditions. The dorms are hallways of single rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens among the floor. It is difficult to make friends when so isolated. This has caused many of the different nationalities to form groups among themselves (a natural reaction to such anti-integration by the University’s housing). Housing has been the most difficult hurdle to overcome here.

Classes began today in full. I had but one lecture which is an average day of study. Surprisingly the streets are very alive for weekdays. Many of the Scottish students go to clubs during the week and go home on the weekends. This is very in reverse of American college were we anticipate the weekend rather than the weeknights.

So far Scotland has been an interesting, and often frustrating, experience. But, the school year has yet to begin so the are more adventures to be had!

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