I went to a whiskey tasting on Wednesday night. I realized that I hadn’t done much in the way of experiencing Scottish culture in the past few months other than golfing, so it was good to taste one of Scotland’s most popular drinks.
Study Abroad Experiences
On Monday afternoon, I had Scottish Pirates and Privateers. I’m not going to lie; I figured a class on pirates wasn’t going to be all that difficult, but it turns out it’s probably going to be one of the hardest classes I’ll take in college. At least it’s interesting material; I mean who doesn’t want to read about pirates, so I don’t mind doing the work – right now anyway.
I had my second class on Wednesday, Melanesian Anthropology. Supposedly it’s going to revolutionize the way I think about anthropology – thank god. Most of the anthropologists who studied Melanesia lived in 1900 so trying to decipher their century old intellectual lingo wasn’t exactly appealing. Hopefully this class is the anthropological revolution that the professor promised.
I officially applied to become and Asian Studies major on Friday. I was originally an Anthropology major but Anthro and I haven’t been vibing too well lately so I think the change was necessary. Now I’m an Asian Studies major, taking classes in Medieval History and Anthropology in the middle of Scotland. It all fits together so well.
Attempted to get out on the Old Course on Friday morning, but frost on the ground halted that venture. We ended up playing 9 holes on the Eden – the third time this week I have been on that course. I can’t complain though, I’m still playing golf in the middle of February. A little frost here and there isn’t the worst thing in the world. The days are getting longer and its been much warmer lately, so hopefully I can get on the Old next week.
I’m writing this at 1:00am Scottish time (8:00pm EST), but it’s no biggie because I can wake up whenever I want tomorrow. That’s right, my final exams and my first semester at St. Andrews are finally over.
I can’t say final exams were easy, especially without midnight breakfast and other study week festivities (Holy Cross people know what I’m talking about), but I made it out alive so life is good.
Next semester, I have Scottish Pirates and Privateers lined up as one of my classes, but I’m still on the hunt for another. Lucky for me, I have another 3 week break to figure it out. Actually I’ll only have about two weeks, because all of next week, I’ll be traveling around Eastern Europe.
I went to go see Avatar on Saturday. Usually I wouldn’t put something that insignificant in a post, but seeing as it revolutionized the way I will now watch movies, I figured it was worth noting.
I’m not much of a sci-fi guy, but I’m pretty sure even the harshest critic would appreciate it. James Cameron deserves
every award he gets. If you haven’t had a chance to see it (which is highly doubtful), go see it. And if you can, see it in IMAX. I saw it on the smallest movie screen in the world and it was still unbelievable, so I can only imagine how good it would be on a screen the size of a football field.
The snow finally melted and the sun actually made an appearance this weekend. I even got to play 9 holes on the Eden course. It was a pretty unpleasant sight, seeing as I haven’t hit a ball in 2 months, but it was great just to get out there.
This week doesn’t look like it’s going to be too eventful. It actually looks like a lot of sleeping and a lot of golfing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Flying back for my second semester studying abroad at St. Andrews
I made it back to Scotland on Tuesday. It was great to be home, and I’m glad I took advantage of the time to relax and see everyone. At the beginning of the year, I hadn’t planned on making the trip home, but looking back, it was definitely a better decision than staying on the frozen tundra that is St. Andrews right now, having to cook my own food with the 10 people still left in the dorm.
My journey back to America during our study abroad holiday break
I’ve been back in the States for about a week now. The flight back may have been one of the worst traveling experiences I’ve ever had. Snow delays, airport naps, missed connections, and navigating the Newark airport all made for one long and interesting 25 hours of travel.
Classes are officially over, and all of my work is finally turned in. I took some time over the past few days to look back on the semester, and I realized that although I’ve been here for months, there’s still plenty of things I haven’t done. Luckily, I’ll be back for another semester, unlike most study abroad students who are only here through Christmas (thank you Holy Cross for enforcing the whole year policy). So here they are, my New Year’s/ second semester St. Andrew’s resolutions: