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,