Study Abroad: A Week in My Life

Hey everyone!

As the days go by relatively quickly (have I really been here for over 2 weeks already?!), I can start to feel myself adjusting to life in the UK. I’m almost used to the fact that people drive on the other side of the road (which includes sidewalks too!), but I double and often triple check before crossing the streets. As for walking to school and the grocery store, I can confidently say that I no longer need google maps to guide me!

Waiting to take the bus home

Anyways, this past week was my first week of classes. I started off the week by going out on Sunday night! To start off the new semester the students union was hosting a “Pound Party” at the club on campus. The entry fee was £1 and I went with some international students I met at orientation. It was quite fun, but staying up til 2am wasn’t exactly ideal haha.

  • Fun Fact: Lemonade in the UK is a clear, lemon-flavoured soda that is quite sweet, and not at all like the lemonade I know and love from home. So, at the bar I made the mistake of ordering a Blue Lagoon which consisted of vodka, Blue Curacao, and “lemonade”. It sounded like the perfect drink but in reality it was quite the opposite. However I also tried a fruity cider which was really good so I think I’ll order that from now on!

The courses I am taking, or “modules” as they’re called in the UK, are quite different than what I could take from my home university in Canada. The four modules I am taking are:

  1. The Early Modern Households Project
  2. Personality and Individual Differences
  3. Urban Britain: Towns and Cities from Medieval to Modern
  4. British Society and Culture

I am excited to see what these modules have to offer and what I can learn about British history!

Walking to campus

On Wednesday night I went to the cinema on campus with a group of international students. We bought some snacks (I tried a UK chocolate bar which was pretty good) and all sat together to watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.

On Friday afternoon I walked about 10 minutes from my accomodation to a local bicycle shop. I purchased a new bike, helmet, basket, lights and a lock for about £170, which is a pretty good deal and everything was on sale!

My bike is called the tourist… how fitting 😁

Saturday was a great day because I went shopping! I met up with a friend and we took the bus into town. I purchased a very nice down jacket from Mountain Warehouse which was much needed in this chilly and damp place. The weather actually reminds me of home, minus the snow and double digit negative temperatures haha.

Upon arriving to the UK, I quickly noticed that most people have a well established sense of style. So in an attempt to fit in with other uni girls I got a plaid skirt with buttons and a pinafore corduroy dress, which are very cute. I can’t wait to wear them!

On Sunday I decided to go on my first bike ride and take some pictures! I rode to the campus and explored some areas that I didn’t have the chance to see before.

this day was rather chilly despite how sunny and warm it looks

some mallards hanging out by the pond

On the way home I took a detour to explore a local nature reserve.

As soon as the weather warms up a little bit I will definitely go for more bike rides and explore the area!

 

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mary

 

4 thoughts on “Study Abroad: A Week in My Life

  1. Connie

    Curious to know about the other international students – where they come from and why they selected the University of Essex. If they are following your lead, I’m sure that the time is flying by for them as well.

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