oh my. I’ve just used the term “rubbish” during an inner monologue. you know it’s bad when you start using British words in your own head.
hey im from wisconsin and im thinking about doing my undergrad at manchester starting next year (on the linguistics + russian course) but im intimidated by choosing to go with one subject and learn through the english university system instead of the american 'you can do whatever you want' thing. do you like university there as oppossed to the usa? are there some big differences youve noticed? i just dont know what i want to do ah@2peaks
Haha I really like the system here of less flexibility, weirdly enough. You graduate a year earlier than in the states, but you have to go in knowing what you want to do since switching majors means starting all over again. I do despise the system of 1 long essay + 1 exam for the entire course - your grade is based on very little, and you do almost no learning throughout the semester since you have no motivation. I thought that was the basic means of learning at my school, but it’s 10x worse here. But it also opens up a lot of free time (which is awesome), and as long as you’re smart about it, you don’t do half bad.
I'm an American student, and I plan on attending U of Manchester, I just wanna how's it there, how are the people, the social scenes, and everything there?@Anonymous
It’s awesome - definitely different from U of I (where I attend), but still cool. People here are basically the same as on any campus (willing to befriend, that sort of jazz), but the social scene is definitely different. They go to pubs and clubs a lot more (since everyone’s legal), and they seem to do it a lot more in the middle of the week than the weekends. Aside from that, I’m not sure what to say about “everything.” School’s easier here (I say). You spend a lot fewer hours in class, and the assignments come in a single giant essay form rather than spread throughout the semester. Feel free to ask anything else ya like. :D
One Month Left: Reflections
I’m almost home. Almost. It’s crazy - I’ve got a month left in this place, and it’s only just started to feel like home. Well, that feeling actually sunk in by the end of month 3: the feeling that this wasn’t just some sort of extended vacation or a place to crash in between traveling to other cities and countries. It’s home. Of course, the end of this summer will mark a full 1.5 years of my not living in a single place for more than 4-5 months at a time, so what I’ve considered home is incredibly flexible, but still. I’m actually gonna miss this place, which I don’t know that I could say for those first 3 months.
I’m going to miss the accents (not just British, but those of all my culturally diverse flatmates and the people from the countries I’ve visited), the traveling, the constant influx of new experiences, classes that start 5 minutes AFTER they’re supposed to start, having all these local grocery stores on my block, and my schedule’s crazy emptiness (I’ve been reading for fun and working out and writing stories and learning Russian in addition to traveling what with all my free time). This semester is definitely what I needed. It’s a break, but it’s an AMAZING break. I’m now addicted to travelling and will probably go broke in the future ‘cause of it, but I’m anyway attempting to get a job that’ll give me summers off which means I will be spending summers the way I’ve basically been spending this semester - traveling and focusing on honing skills I actually care about. Maybe I’ll even write a few screenplays.
Studying abroad is so completely worth it and I don’t know that I haven’t been lying to people when I told them that before that 3-4 month mark. Only by month 3’s end have I fully adjusted and grown to love this life. Yeah, I highly recommend trying to study abroad with a friend or an acquaintance at least, just to make traveling alone happen less frequently and so that you have someone who understands the homesickness you’re going through on a personal level, but you can still manage without this sort of person.
I love studying abroad. I love traveling. Everyone needs to spend a serious chunk of life outside of their country, even if it’s just England. The differences between the US and the UK is tangible, and the distance is even more so. You get to be a more cultured, independent human being. And maybe you’ll even learn Russian if you have as much free time as I have.
Britain is a strange place.
yOU’RE JOKING RIGHT
No, I’m not. It even has a wiki page.
Oh my god.