1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
It had always been a dream of mine to visit Scotland. Everything is a lush green, the weather is mild, and much of the Harry Potter films were filmed here.
2. What has been your favorite meal?
When I visited Edinburgh, I tried a couple of more traditional Scottish meals – fish and chips and, of course, haggis. They were both quite good! When it comes to haggis, my advice would be to not think about what you’re eating.
3. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans (internships, classes, languages, etc.)?
At the University of Stirling, I am taking two politics courses. These courses both count toward my major, one as a specific requirement, and the other as an elective.
4. What do you miss most about Susquehanna while you are away?
I miss fall at Susquehanna. Football games, fresh apples, pumpkin pies, and the colorful trees are all things that I miss.
5. What do you anticipate missing most about your study away location?
I think I will miss the beauty of Stirling. The town itself has such cute houses, is easy to navigate and walk through, and the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle bring in a nice historical aspect.
7. If you could describe your experience so far in one word, what would it be?
8. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
I had a very interesting interaction with a taxi driver during my first week here. When he found out I was American, he began talking to me about the 2016 presidential election. It was really interesting to me, and a political science major, to hear a local Scottish person’s opinion of American politics.
9. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city? Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?
I have had the opportunity to explore my city! The university is located in the northernmost part of the city, and I have ventured as far south as the Stirling Castle. I have crossed the Stirling Bridge, visited the Wallace monument, and walked to the shopping centre and the grocery store, Tesco. Stirling is a city that is very rich in history, and the Wallace Monument is named for William Wallace (if you have seen Braveheart you will know who this is). My flat mates and I all enjoy adventuring together, so we have walked through town quite a bit.
10. What is one thing you would tell students planning to study abroad in your location?
Bring rain boots and a good rain jacket. They are the two most essential items for living in Scotland. An umbrella is a nice addition, but not as necessary – it can get quite windy sometimes when it rains, and it can blow your umbrella inside out.