Hi everyone! My name is Jenny and I'm coming all the way to Glasgow from Trinidad in the warm, sunny Caribbean!
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Glasgow so I’m excited for the experience. On one hand I'm very nervous, sad amongst a myriad of other feelings about leaving my job and family to go all the way across the world by myself for a whole year! I am genuinely looking forward to starting my classes, experiencing a new culture, environment, meeting people from all over the world and especially trying the local food!! I have heard a lot about Haggis and that will be the first dish I am going to try and another is called Rumbledethumps!!
I’ll be living in one of the University Halls but shared living experience is not new to me as I spent some time in-residence training as part of my job so coping with and adapting to different personalities and issues should be easy for me. Lately I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos on Scotland so I definitely will make time to visit the Kelvingrove Art Museum, the Science Center and admire some majestic architecture like the Cathedrals and castles. The place looks awesome! This will be my first time visiting the UK and one thing I am dreading is that 10+ hours flight to get there. My friends warned me that the Scottish winter is no joke and it rains a lot!!! They advised me to invest in a pair of good rain boots, umbrella and always dress in layers as the weather is erratic - nice one moment and cold the next!
Packing a whole year of my life into 51 pounds (one checked piece) is quite challenging and very emotional. I’ve been away on business before for a couple days but this trip is a whole new ball game. Make or break but I never give up so challenge accepted! Friends and coworkers who have studied in the UK have told me that with the amount of work I’ll have, I won’t have time to be lonely and the year will fly so fast that I will be gripping the door to my room, crying like a baby to avoid leaving “so soon”! We’ll see! I am taking the necessities like warm clothing which I had to purchase a whole new set because where I live is always sunny, a tea mug my daughter gave to me (and instructed that I should carry), pictures of my family and my video camera to record and share the experience with my crew back home.