Category: University in Scotland

Packing my life in boxes.. again

2 years ago I had the challenge of packing what had been my entire life for the last 19 years. I moved out of the house I had called my home for my entire life. I left everything I had ever known, my comfort zone, where I knew every km of the city I grew up in. And what a feeling that was.

Here I am, 2 year later in another country. Ive called Scotland my home for the last year, and will do so for another 3. But my time in student halls only lasted for a year, and Ive been so grateful for all the experiences Ive had here. Though it have been challenging at many times, and might not be the living condition Id chose again in the future it has been such a great year. Not only did I start a new chapter of my life as a university student, I also found myself to get to know a completely new city, a new country and a very new accent (scottish was not easy to understand in the beginning I can tell you!)

So even though its a quite different experience since last time, as I know I will come back soon and Im not leaving with the uncertainty I had when I left Paris, its always something different when you reach the end of something. To stand around in my nearly empty room, probably cleaner than it has been the entire year, and somehow so empty. Its almost hard to imagine that this 13m has been the place Ive found rest and felt most myself for the past 9 months. Having said goodbye to so many people, I do not know if Ill see again. And soon Ill be living in a new place that will somehow end up giving me the exact same feeling. Of course your home isn’t just a room or a flat, but the fact that a place that I entered as a complete stranger ended up being the place I loved cuddling up with a book in on a rainy Sunday, had my friends over for pancake mornings or even just woke in with my morning cup of coffee every single morning, feeling happy while looking over my 5th floor view. Its something. Something to wonder about when you’re at the end of it all, wondering if you got the best out of it you could. If I wasted too many moments in front of Netflix, too many talks complaining over my messy flatmates or just too many wishes for the future to happen sooner.

But no matter how many thoughts go through my mind as I sit here on my very last evening on 76 Old Hawkhill in Dundee, I have to be honest and tell you, surrounded by suitcases and empty drawers, that this year has been sich an incredible year and a truly great start to university life in Scotland. Im looking forward to coming back in September for sure (though I will definitely enjoy the next 2 months stress and essay free.

A year later?!

Almost a year has passed since my last post, and oh my goodness a lot has happened since then!

First of all I wanna say Im sorry that I never another blog post – sp many of you have been sending me very kind messages in the last year, asking me if I was ever gonna write on my blog again or what?! And even though I have wanted to do it when receiving every single message, I just haven’t felt that passionately about my blog since starting university in September last year. Ive been thinking a lot about whether I wanted to continue, or just delete it? But as you probably can guess by this post, I decided to get back into writing – and oh boy have I missed it!

Though my theme and so on has changed a lot, Im still up for writing about my travels (though they might be a bit more rare, as you know #brokenstudentlife) but Ill also be writing about my university experience, how it is to study in Scotland etc. And I AM excited to get back into it all! Im currently packing everything into boxes yet again, which my next post will be all about, so remember to keep posted x

7 fun facts about Scottish culture

Hi darlings!

I cannot I’ve now been in Dundee for 1 month! I gotta say I really love living in the sunniest city in Scotland, and even though being a university student can be quite challenging at times, I love every part of it! However, the scottish culture is quite different from what I’m used to, and I’ve here chosen the 10 funniest facts I’ve discovered so far:

  1. Bagpupes and kilts. t’s the typical, scottish cliché, but like all the cheesy quotes you so often see in movies, it comes from truth. Here at University of Dundee e.g. you’ll see someone standing in a kilt, playing the bagpipe for all bigger event.
  2. Haggis. Haggis is the real taste of Scotland, and I got say that as long as you’re not thinking about what it really is, it taste pretty good. Haggis is a dish made of a sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in sheep’s stomach for about three hours. Delicious right?!
  3. Tatties, bampot and other scottish words. The scottish accent is something we’ve all heard of, but how about the scottish words? I can tell you I’ve been repeating the word “what?” a lot of times since I arrived here, because the scottish have a lot of their own words, very different from the american or british Im used to!
  4. Scotland has the highest amount of redheads in the world. And it’s something you really notice once you walk around in the cities etc.
  5. Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. I find that really cool though (Denmark’s is just a swan – boring right?)
  6. It was the Scots were the ones to invest golfing, and the city St Andrews (which is really close to Dundee btw) is considered to be the city home for golf. Loads of famous people come there to golf, Obama has been there, and Jamie Dornan is there now!
  7. Scotland has 3 officially recognized language: English (of course), Scottish Gaelic and Scots. Maybe that’s also why they have so many of their own, special words?

That’s what I’ve got so far – what did you think about it? Anything surprising? I definitely was!

xx

 

14 days in Scotland or My fresher’s week

Hi darlings!

It’s been ages since my last post, and so much has happened since! As you might have seen on my Instagram or snapchat I’ve been road tripping around Europe, and last Saturday I officially moved into my University Accommodation! So much has happened in the last week, I’ve never been so confused before, but I’m also having the time of my life!

I left Denmark August 26, arrived in Dundee September 2nd and Monday my semester is starting. The last two weeks have went by in a blur and I’ve done so many things! First off with the roadtrip, we went first thing to Amsterdam, then Newcastle then Scotland. I’ve been to so many new places (a vlog is coming up soon) This week has included meeting a lot of new people, getting used to new accents (the Scottish one!!)  and a new university. But even though  I’ve only been here a week, I already feel like home and I’m sure my stay here at University of Dundee is going to be amazing. I also feel like after my year in Paris, there are so many things I’m more prepared for. Eg getting used to a new culture, city and language, which I couldn’t have been if I hadn’t already experienced all that.

I’m a bit nervous starting with my courses this Monday though. I mean I haven’t been studying for a whole year, it’s going to be difficult to get started again. At the same time, I’m really looking forward to it – I’ve missed being in school. How about you guys? Have any of you started at University or a new school? How are you finding it?

xx

University up next or When there’s 1 week left

Hello darlings!

I’m currently writing in the lovely Danish weather – meaning I’m hiding inside with a cup of chocolate, listening to rain falling outside. It’s still so different to be back home, but I guess I better get used to the weather again since it’s mostly the same in Scotland.

These past 5 weeks have passed so fast, and I cannot believe I’m only 1 week away from beginning my next adventure: University! My lovely parents are going to drive me all the way, so we’re making a holiday out of the long trip, starting with a night in Amsterdam, exactly one week from now.

As I’ve said, again and again, my gap year in Paris was my best decision so far. But I’m really looking forward to going to university and to be studying again. It’s gonna be rough to start again, after a year where I haven’t’ done much, but I’m also expecting to get some unforgettable years. For starters, I’m finaæly getting my own place. Or partly, since I’ll be moving into university accommodation. I’ll get my own room and bathroom (thank God), but I’ll be sharing the kitchen with some lovely ladies. I think it’s going to be great to share a bit and be able to socialize, but I’m so happy for the fact that I’ll try for the first time ever, to be more or less completely on my own.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll be studying English and history as joint honors, and I’m SO excited. I’m expecting a letter and my first book TBR soon, and I’ve really started to realize that this is happening. I’m moving to Scotland, I’m going to study at a university. I’m going to leave Denmark once again. To be honest, I’m living the life that I have been dreaming of.

How about you guys, anyone else excited about university too? About studying and moving away from home?

I’m working on something new which I cannot wait to reveal for you!! But you have to be patient for a bit longer before I’ll release it for you.. 😉

That’s all for now xx
Bisous

 

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How to pack for university accommodation Or my checklist

Hello darlings!

Time is flying faster than ever, and in just about 3 weeks I’ll be leaving my hometown in Denmark once again. I’m so excited for university-life, and even though it’s still weeks away, I’ve already started packing – after all it’s the first time I’ll actually be living on my own. With my own plates and forks and knives and everything! I know I’m not a “grown up yet”, but there’s something about having your own stuff for the first time. Do you guys get excited about this stuff too?

However, I know packing for this big moment in your “grown-up” life can be very hard and challenging, and to help myself I’ve made the ultimately packing-list, and I thought I’d share it with you! Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion or any questions you might have! xx

 

 

 

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How to apply for university in the U.K.

Hello darlings!

So a couple of you have been asking me how you apply to universities in the U.K. I know if you are from the U.K., you can get a lot of help from your school, but if not you might have to do it all on your own.
However, I want to recommend to go to ucas.com, which is the website from where you’ll apply. They have some really good tutorials and contact information if you need any help.

It’s very different from country to country how you apply for university. In Denmark there’s two ways, where the first is strictly about your final grade from college. The second way is more similar to the way it’s done in the U.K. The grade does matter, and there is always a  grade point average you need to reach, but it is not all you need. I’ve made an easy 5-steps guide for you here, and if you have any questions, just comment below!

  1. Start by register on UCAS.
    All university applications in the U.K. goes through Ucas. Filling in your application is the first step for you to do, once you’ve decided what you want to study and where.
  2. Find a course you want to study. Even though the university you choose might be important, finding the right course for you is possibly the most imprtant stage. UCAS has an exellent search page, where you’ll be able to check out your options.
  3. From March to September, you should spend some time researching  universities. The U.K. has many great options, and even though many people look after the big universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Kings College London, there’s many other universities who might fit you better. Open days, conferences and conventions also take place in these months, which is a great opportunity for you to check out the universities you might be interested in.
  4. Once you have decided wich course or university you would like to apply for, you should start on your application. That includes a motivation letter, filling out the application forms on UCAS and a recomendation letter, typically from your teacher. Even though you can apply for up to 5 universties/courses at once, there’s only room for one motivation letter.
  5. The 15th of january is the deadline to apply for most universities, so you need to have it send by then – that’s the last step, to send your application and wait for repply.

As to when the university will apply, the deadline is often in may, depending on the university. However, in my experience, if you’re from another country that the U.K. you might get your answer later than the applicants coming from the U.K. You would also need to take an eglish test on academic level, if you’re from a country whoe first language isnt english.

Thats all for now, and I wish you the best of luck for your applications! xx