Departure from Montreal, Quebec, Canada for London, England, UK in 2 days 21 hours and 25 minutes...
When I started this countdown 104 days ago, it didn’t feel very real to me. At 23 years old, I decided a semester abroad would be the best experience for me since I never really had to move away from home when I started university. I feel like I need this boost of independance as I am getting closer to the end of my undergraduate degree. As I’m packing, I remember the first time I received the acceptation email from University of Glasgow to attend the Fall semester of 2015 over there. I was studying at a cafe. I ran outside and jumped around a couple times, before returning to my table with the biggest smile. I still can’t believe this amazing opportunity!
For me, Scotland is this mystical land where the best historical stories took place and where you can see the remains of the most beautiful castles and observe greatest landscapes. The University of Glasgow itself seems so rich in its architecture and history that I already know four months will never be enough to satisfy me. There language will also require some time to adapt to. Even if I did my college degree in English, I’ve been at a French University for 3 years now, so the transition from French Canadian to Scottish English might be somewhat challenging… Am I crazy to be looking forward to it?! I love challenging myself and other people’s accents always fascinated me. I also can’t wait to figure out the myths and realities of Scotland. When I hear other people talk about Canadian winters, I always feel the exageration. Yes, -40°C is cold, but it is survivable and it really only happens once in a while. I’m all for destroying stereotypes.
I’m also looking forward to meeting my new roomates! I’m trying to keep my expectations as low as possible and just go with the flow once I get to the Murano Street Flats. I want to live the experience, not imagine it before hand. However, one thing that worries me is how much I’ll miss home. Being very close to my friends and family, I know it will be hard to leave all of them behind and be on my own. But eh, I know those four months will go by very fast and that’s why Facetime, Facebook and pictures exist, don’t they? For the first time since I’m 15 years old, I will not be working while studying so I’ll try to enjoy school and very welcomed free time to experience everything Scotland has to offer!