Location: Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom of Great Britain
Major/Minor: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Where did you go? University of Stirling
When? Summer 2010
Would you recommend this location to another student? Why?
Yes, definitely! I absolutely loved the university, city of Stirling, and Scotland. The university is excellent, it’s very beautiful and the faculty is helpful and great to work with. Stirling is the perfect size town, at being just a bit smaller than Grand Forks but with easy access to the larger cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is easy to feel comfortable and at home in the city and surrounding areas; the feel of community is fantastic. That feeling of community extends throughout the entire country of Scotland. The people there are incredibly kind, accepting, and lots of fun!
What was your most memorable experience/day/moment?
It sounds cheesy to say so, but every day I spent in the UK was memorable and special. I met the most amazing people in my program and had the craziest, best times with them. One of the most memorable experiences was when a big group of us took an overnight bus from Glasgow to London. We were all incredibly tired by the time we arrived in London, but had to wait hours until we could check into the flat in which we were staying. That day of waiting was miserable, but for some crazy reason, it brought us even closer together.
What was your worst experience/day?
The worst day of my studying abroad experience was definitely the day I had to leave Stirling. It was terrible having to leave all my new friends, the city, and country I had fallen in love with. I made friends that I am confident will be in my life forever and I miss them every day.
What are the benefits of study abroad? (Personal/Academic)
I grew so much as a person during my study abroad experience. I became very independent and learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. The academics were beneficial too because the classes were interesting and it was great to experience a different type of learning.
What advice would you give someone considering study abroad?
I would tell anyone considering studying abroad to go for it! It’s the best decision I have ever made and was a total blast. Pick somewhere you have always wanted to go or pick somewhere totally random, it will definitely be worth it!
Would you recommend Student Leaders International (SLI) to students when they return from abroad?
I would recommend SLI to returning students. It is really helpful to come home to people who understand what you’re going through and who never get sick of your stories!