Last year I was studying Atmospheric Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the US. One of the teaching assistants in my department was a Leeds alumni doing his PhD in tornado genesis. The weekend of the 8th – 9th May 2016 a tornado outbreak was predicted in Oklahoma. Never having experienced any extreme … More Tornado chasing in the United States!
Whilst preparing to embark on my year abroad I needed to take a good long look at my financial situation. Whilst Student Finance England and the money I had saved up would cover my bursar bills for the most part, I knew I wasn’t out of the deep end just yet when it came to … More Getting a job on my year abroad in the USA
Everyone needs a break now and then and round the middle of the semester it couldn’t come fast enough. Hello, Spring Break! Now a lot of people take this opportunity to head off to someplace sunny and warm. However, instead of heading to the typical destinations of Mexico or Florida, my friend and I decided … More What happens on Spring Break…
I am currently spending my year abroad in Brockport, USA. Although I’ve largely had a wonderful time and had some great experiences, my disability, like all other aspects of my life, has hung over me and blemished my time here in the US. I suffer from a cruel disability that has hung over me for … More Depression, me, and my year abroad
I am studying at McMaster University in Canada. Perhaps as a result of their continuous form of assessment (which I wrote about previously), they have a reading week each semester. As it is in the middle of the semester, as long as you are on top of work there is no need to be stressing … More Making the most of ‘Reading Weeks’
International Women’s Day (8th March 2017) has been observed for more than 100 years. It is a day of celebration to mark the economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women across the globe and aims to help to achieve a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Some female travellers can sometimes be put off solo travel … More 5 Fab Places for a Solo Female Trip
I have currently just started back for my second semester here at UMass after a nice, relaxing break at home. This has given me plenty of time to amass many, many reasons to choose the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as the place to spend your study abroad year. Instead of rambling on at you, I’ll … More 5 reasons to attend UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts, America
So after spending just over 3 months in the US, I was really excited to see what Thanksgiving was like and as expected, Americans really go all out for the holiday. At the Carlson School we have a GLOBE buddy program where an American student is paired with an international buddy to help with any … More Thanksgiving in the Big Apple
The phrase ‘make the most of it’ is thrown around a lot on your year abroad. Your Granddad tells you before you leave, your uni mate reminds you on Skype when you’re missing home, and you tell it to yourself when justifying another plane ticket purchase that takes you that much further into your overdraft. … More Thanksgiving in Arizona, USA, 2016.
Last week, I experienced something truly and distinctly American: Thanksgiving. Spending Thanksgiving in the US is weirdly exciting for us Brits abroad, as it’s so alien and quaint-seeming (but don’t say that to any Americans, who take it very seriously). I was lucky enough to spend my Thanksgiving with an American family, who particularly enjoy … More My first Thanksgiving – Brockport, USA