Sunday, 26 August 2012

Harlaxton semester no 1

On Friday I got up at 3am to pick up 150 students from the airport. Our fall semester has officially begun and I am excited and a teeny tiny bit jealous of our students and the wonderful experiences they will have here over the next couple of months. I studied abroad in China and the US before getting my degree in England, so I'm only too familiar with the ups and downs of living abroad and how much it shapes you as a person.
This weekend was full of orientation activities and I have only just found the time to sit down and take a few deep breaths. There is still so much to organise and sort out, but I'm calling it a day and will be spending the rest of the evening watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and sipping on a glass of elderflower cordial.
 
Have you – or are you planning to studied abroad?

Me at Lake Michigan Fall 2006

8 comments:

  1. Did you study abroad in Michigan? That's where my husband is from and we go to the great lakes every summer. I love it so much! I did a semester abroad in Limerick, Ireland, my senior year of college and it was one of the best times of my entire life. I'm still close with friends I made there almost ten years ago!

    ps- Thanks for signing up to for the comment challenge! I'm glad it lead me to your blog :)

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    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by and thank you also for organising the 'Comment Love Challenge' - it's such a great initiative and I found a few fabulous new blogs already!
      I did study abroad in Michigan indeed. I spent one semester at Michigan State and had a fantastic time! I travelled all over the state and even spent a couple of days in the Upper Peninsula - it's such a beautiful part of the world. I'm a bit jealous that you get to go every year!
      Now I work in study abroad myself and absolutely love it! It's great to see the students develop over the course of a semester. Some of them never even left their state before coming to the UK and when they return to the States they're so indepedent and travel savvy!

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  2. Part of me really wished that I had done study abroad so that I could have experienced another culture other than the bite size chunk you get on holiday. Part of me wants to travel some more but due to having a foster son now and work situations travel is just so much harder.

    (I found you via the Comment Challenge too!)

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    1. Hi Hannah,
      I totally know what you mean. It's so much more difficult to organise time abroad once you're out of uni. I'm always jealous of those creative bloggers who are self-employed and can work from anywhere!
      Maybe you'll get the chance when your son is a bit older. Fingers crossed!

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  3. I studied abroad! I would have preferred to do a whole semester (or year!) but timing worked out that I did a six-week program in Morocco. It was life-changing, though! I loved living in a different culture.

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    1. Morocco, wow! I bet it was brilliant. I've never been and want to go so badly. I shall get back to you when I need some travel tips:-)!

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  4. Hi Anke,
    I used to study abroad too (for my degree)in Canterbury. I agree with you that studying abroad really broaden up my horizon and shapes the person I am today. I really missed the feeling of sometimes feeling 'lost' in a sea of foreign students :)

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  5. I did a study abroad in Australia (Darwin, NT to be specific), and really didn't want to come back! It was definitely a great and life-changing experience, even though I only got to see a tiny portion of that huge continent. It's one of my life goals to go back sometime, and see the rest of it. :)

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