Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Abroad

Hello lovelies!
As you may or may not know, I am planning on studying in England next fall. If it was up to me, I'd be on a plane like now but unfortunately, these things take lots of planning...and parental approval. It's so awesome to actually start looking at schools and applying. It's one of those things where I always dreamed about it growing up and said I was going to do it, but not that I've gotten the ball rolling it's so surreal. I am so so excited to be going, but I am also really nervous. I have these panic moments where I worry about things like "What if I need a toaster or TV?" "Can I ship my bed set and extra clothes over?" "What if something happens and I need a car?" and other senseless things. My mom always says, "Sarah, you can buy those things there, stop worrying," but oh, how many nights I have lost sleep over it! 
Originally, I wanted to study at the University of East London, but because the program is extremely internationally competitive, that didn't quite workout. I have narrowed my choices down to the University of Nottingham, University of Essex, and the University of Sussex, with University of Nottingham as my first choice. I didn't know anything about anything, so I've been talking to Amy Norris since the summer about it. She's been so helpful and I cannot wait to actually meet her! 

 While I'm still terribly obsessed with London and a bit sad I won't be living in the actual city, I know that I will visit as much as possible as Nottingham is only 2 hours away! This photo of Harrods all decked out for the holidays isn't helping. 
Once I got over the bit of sadness about not being in London everyday, I googled Nottingham and fell in love. The campus and city looks amazing, not to mention they have fall and Christmas festival things. Really, that's all I needed to know. They had me at Christmas in England. Being that I've never even seen real snow before, my excitement level is through the roof! 

I really am so ready to be there. Part of me just wants time to fly by so next September will get here already, but the other part of me knows I will miss my family and friends and home so much that I better savor it now. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to study abroad and have already started making lists of places in London, the UK, and Europe in general to go visit!

Have you ever studied abroad? If you have any tips, advice, or study abroad experience to share, please do! I'm so scared about train stations and driving on the wrong side of the road! 

All my love, 
Sarah 

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  1. Aw this all sounds so exciting! I am from England and there are loads of really pretty places, most of them a lot nicer than London turns out to be so don't be too disheartened! Nottingham is beautiful and the uni is meant to be amazing :) Why are you scared of train stations haha?!
    I hope it all goes well for you, make sure to keep us up to date! xx

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    1. t IS so exciting and I can't wait! And as I live in South Louisiana we don't have train stations and the thought of a subway freaks me out, not to mention the thought of missing a train! Idk, I'm just a worry wart! Lol

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  2. Hey girl! I'm from Essex! Where would you be based, Southend, Chelmsford or Colchester? It's very close to London yes but I think you'd enjoy somewhere like Sussex or Nottingham more just because they're so much prettier! England's infrastructure is brilliant wherever you are so it wouldn't take you long to get into London anyway. Sussex is beautiful, near Brighton and a very cute city. I've never been to Nottingham but everyone raves about how lovely it is. Whatever you choose, good luck! Us Brits are very nice, honest!! xx

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    1. Hey! Thank you!! I'd be at Southend I think because I'm a poli sci major! And I'm glad to hear that, being from the South every one is super nice, so I don't think I'd get on well without that!

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    2. Southend is my home!! I think as a study abroad option you're better off at Sussex or Notts. Southend - you'd get depressed very easily with the ugliness and some of the people compared to Sussex and Notts. good luck with your choices anyway!!!!

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    3. aww well thankyou for the tips! I appreciate it! (:

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  3. Wow, that is so brave! I'd love to do something like this! Good luck and hope everything goes well for you!x

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    1. Thank you! I tip toe the line between excited and scared a bit each day! It really is easier than you'd think though, you should look into it if you can!

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  4. Aww wow! You're coming to England; how exciting :-) You'll love it. Sounds like you have lots to plan/arrange before hand but it'll be worth it. Congrats on studying abroad.

    x Roch & Tash x
    www.next-route-style.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! And yes, so so exciting! Can't wait!!

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  5. Hey lovely, you're going to love it.. Southend is so lovely too my sister lives there I live just by heathrow both an easy commute to london. Reading you're post made me reaslie how much I wish I could have studied in America though, I'm English and obsessed with the US and you're the opposite !

    If you have any questions etc I'd love to help out as I'm in my last tear at Uni too so can give you some tip and tricks.

    Feel free to drop me a mail if you need anything :) kenzieharvey8@gmail.com


    Lemonaidlies.blogspot.co.uk

    Xxx

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  6. That's so funny! I guess it proves that "the grass is always greener..." lol. And yes, I'd love to hear any advice you have! I'll definitely email you in a bit! (:

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