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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

Week One here at Keele is almost over and I have to say that it has definitely been an experience. It started off quite rocky and I felt very unsure of myself and what I was doing. While I am still missing my family, and my cats, I have been able to talk to them (yes, and the cats) regularly.

I have met a lot of interesting people from all over the world and that is the coolest thing to me! I love being able to stand in a group with people from the United States and then move on to another group with people from Australia, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands and South Africa. It is all very cool to me.

I plan to travel a lot while I am over here. On Saturday I am seeing a Stoke vs. Man City football match and then on Sunday we are planning on going to Liverpool. We are also planning trips to Brussels and Amsterdam among other places.

My classes seem like they will be ok. I’m quite nervous about my geology class that is a level 3, or like the equivalent of a senior level class. At least it seems interesting?. My other three classes seem interesting and not too bad so I think this semester, in terms of classes, will be alright.

These are some of the girls that I have met since I have been here…


After two flights, one shuttle, A LOT of snow, and about 12 hours later I am finally at Keele. I am in another country. I can’t actually believe it! While my day was very tiring and seemingly unorganized due to all of the snow I still met a lot of new people and enjoyed most of my time! I can’t wait to see what the rest of this orientation weekend brings!

…hopefully it does not bring more snow. Over my ankle is deep enough for me!

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But is IT pretty isn’t it?

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Less than two weeks until I leave!

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I started packing earlier. my pile of shoes I can’t take is slightly devastating but I WILL make my 4 pair of boots fit in my suitcase! Also, my dad and I are trying to figure out the outlets and how many voltages I need for everything so that we can buy a converter.

Grrr. I now know why I’m not an electrician.


The other day I bought my plane ticket and the realization of what is going on hit me. I am actually studying abroad in less than a month. In one month from today I will BE in England. Something I have dreamt of since I was a freshman in college is finally happening.


It’s getting closer!! 46 days until I leave!!

It’s getting closer!! 46 days until I leave!!


I got this in the mail today! I may have squealed in excitement in the hallway.

I got this in the mail today! I may have squealed in excitement in the hallway.


I received this in an e-mail from the university this morning! Needless to say I am ecstatic! I feel like my journey is only just beginning. I have so much to do the next few weeks at my current university along with getting ready for Keele!

I received this in an e-mail from the university this morning! Needless to say I am ecstatic! I feel like my journey is only just beginning. I have so much to do the next few weeks at my current university along with getting ready for Keele!


So, last week I turned in my application to study abroad at Keele University in the UK. I have to wait about 8 weeks before I find out if I got in or not and it can’t come soon enough. :/ I’m so excited! So, in the midst of all my excitement I created this blog where I will post about what is going on and if I get in. If I do this will then be where I post pictures and tales of my travels!

Wish Me Luck!