First Impressions of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’

The run up to moving to Reykjavík in August 2018 was surprisingly stress free, and the most overbearing thought in in the preceding weeks was whether my shoes were suitably rain/snow/ice proof. The certainty of my decision to come here undoubtedly removed any overwhelming fears I had of will I enjoy it/ is this the … More First Impressions of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’

My Experience of Culture Shock in Canada and How I’ve Dealt with It

When we think of culture shock, we think of moving to countries vastly different to our own. Although I was warned about experiencing it in Canada, I didn’t think it would be so obvious, especially as I’ve been here on holiday before. Immediately, it became evident to myself, and the other Leeds students I travelled … More My Experience of Culture Shock in Canada and How I’ve Dealt with It

From Geckos to Humidity and Drinking from a Bag

Singapore was inevitably going to throw some cultural differences in my way. But with this in mind, nothing could truly prepare me for the weather. My first few weeks saw me constantly searching for the nearest aircon and reapplying deodorant every half hour. A few months on and I have definitely acclimatised to the heat, … More From Geckos to Humidity and Drinking from a Bag

Year Abroad at the National University of Singapore – 1 year on

Today (1st August) marks one year since I arrived in Singapore for my study abroad year at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Bittersweet is the best way to describe how this makes me feel. On one hand, I hold a deep sense of sadness that my year abroad is over and I would do … More Year Abroad at the National University of Singapore – 1 year on

Study Abroad Snags

Being far from home Although many of us will have left home for university, studying abroad represents a different and more independent kind of venture away from home. Once away, regular visits home may very well become a luxury whilst for others, expensive plane tickets mean it is not an option at all. We are … More Study Abroad Snags