A warm goodbye to Mexico

So, second semester here in Mexico was very different from my first, which was just what I wanted after I found out I could change and move to a new city within Mexico each semester. If you read one of my first blogs, you would know that I lived in Monterrey for my first semester […]

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Last Weeks in Minneapolis

Hello everybody from Minneapolis. I hope everyone’s exam periods went by well, and that you are looking forward to a relatively Covid-free summer 😎☀️. I finished my exams and last essays 4 days ago and am now relishing my last weeks and days here in Minneapolis and the United States. Spring in Minneapolis is weird… […]

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Social Life on Solbosch Campus at ULB

Brilliant news & new department address alert For my year abroad, I am a student at the ISTI, School of Translation and Interpretation in Brussels. This used to be a separate institution which was then integrated into the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This is why our building, as I mentioned in one of my previous […]

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Spending a Week in Colorful Colombia

Around Easter, we had spring break here in Mexico (which is usually 2 weeks but at my university it’s only 1), so having time without classes was a great excuse for me to travel further afar. So, I took it as an excuse to jump on a flight to Colombia! And to experience my first […]

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A Trip Around Mexico

At Tec de Monterrey, my exchange university in Mexico, semesters work very differently from Glasgow. They have a 10-week holiday in summer and then 10 weeks in winter, which feels very different to our very long summer and short winter at Glasgow. The university here decided to make it this way in order to give […]

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Week in the Life of an English Language Assistant

One thing that I have absolutely loved about this year, is that every single day is so different and I never know what to expect. Without doubt, some weeks are more exciting and jam-packed than others but I would say that I’m rarely disappointed with how I chose to spend my days. I’m constantly being […]

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Brussels on a Budget

When I was considering doing my year abroad, I was naturally worried about the finances. I remember trying to put together a budget for my year abroad application; it was challenging because I didn’t really know how life was going to be in Brussels at that point. I did tons of research and used the […]

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A Day in Nijmegen

I have now been living in Nijmegen for nearly two months! Although it is a relatively small city, and not one typically known to visit in the Netherlands, Nijmegen is both rich in history, being the oldest city in the Netherlands, while also being the perfect city for students. In this blog post, I list […]

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Twelve Terrific Twin Cities Activities

Hello everybody! I hope you’re all doing well and are enjoying the longer days and milder weather. I just came back from Spring Break, so it’s back to Minneapolis and back to work for me. To soothe my self-pity, here is a collection of the 12 most fun things to do in the Twin Cities […]

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A Solo Trip to Vienna

A couple of weeks ago, essay writing procrastination led me to one of my most frequented websites: skyscanner.com. Mid-semester blues were kicking in and I felt the need to get out of Stockholm and visit a new city. I searched up the cheapest flights available and managed to find a £20 return to Vienna two […]

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Exam season reflections from the Université Libre de Bruxelles

I’ve spent the last couple months studying at the Free University of Brussels. I found that the academic life is very different from that in Glasgow. Here are some of the positives and some of the negatives from my first semester. Workload and the bliss of experiencing in-person teaching after a year and a half […]

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It’s okay to travel alone!

Travelling alone may seem an extremely daunting and scary concept, but it has the power to be so rewarding on many different levels. So many people often view solo travelling as either dangerous and making yourself vulnerable, or boring and lonely, but it’s the complete and utter freedom that is attracting more and more people […]

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A Trip to Swedish Lapland

Last week, as a final hurrah for my friends who are leaving before semester two, I took a trip to Abisko, a small town in Swedish Lapland, close to the Norwegian border.   DAY 1 We took the train from Stockholm Central station on Monday evening and after a short 18 hour journey, (I would highly […]

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An ambassador’s guide to adjusting to a different academic system

Hello everyone! I hope you all got through exams okay and had a lovely winter break. I, for one, am not ready for the next semester to start, but hey ho, here we are. Uni started up again here in Minnesota on the 19th, since the 18th was Martin Luther King Day, so I thought […]

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Language Learning Abroad as an English Language Assistant

For us language students, spending a year abroad is the perfect opportunity to improve our language skills and experience a different culture and country. However, practicing the foreign language is not always as easy as it sounds, and often we find ourselves feeling guilty for relying too much on English, or, on the contrary, overwhelmed […]

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