Posts Tagged 'Scotland'

Buffs in Kilts: Up, Up, and Away!

The first step in any trip is getting to your destination. This can take as little as an hour, or up to a whole day. Unfortunately, the trip to Scotland was one that would take a whole day.

We all met at the airport before sunrise on Sunday morning because our flight left at 6:30am. It was the first leg of our journey, and gave us the greatest challenge of the day since the woman checking our passports didn’t quite know what she was doing (perhaps she hadn’t slept at all the night before either). Although we showed up two hours early, it was a slight rush to get everyone though security and to the plane on time. Thankfully all 26 of us made it through and were ready to get on the first of three flights!

The first plane that we flew on was the smallest I had ever ridden on, with only fifty seats total on the flight. A lot of people chose this time to sleep (a good idea since many had, like me, pulled an all-nighter). I was still too excited about the trip to force myself to go to sleep, so I choose to read on the plane instead. I took out a Scottish romance novel (that had been given to me as a gag gift for the trip) and read to set the mood and feel of Scotland.

We landed in Houston, Texas after a short flight. We had a lot of time to kill in the airport before our next flight took off and all needed a way to entertain ourselves. That is when the UNO cards came out and we had a couple of epic games there right in front of our gate. Sadly I didn’t win any of the rounds, but it was a great way to pass the time with fellow classmates and our own faculty members. It kept us busy until we boarded the next flight for the second stage of our journey.

Finally we arrived in Newark, New Jersey. That was the furthest east I had ever been in my life! (Though that would change in just a few hours as we flew across the Atlantic Ocean.) The Newark airport was nice, but we were all reaching the end of excitement rush from earlier in the morning. After a nice walk around the airport, and a little yoga to stretch our tired bodies, we were able to sit and wait a few hours for our next plane. Finally we were on the last plane and on our way over the Atlantic towards Scotland!

By this time it was 9:00 at night, and we all laid back in our seats to try and get a little shut eye before landing in Scotland. It wasn’t easy to sleep on the plane, and many of us were reaching that moment of sleep deprivation where everything becomes funny. The traveling was the most tiring part, but it all became worth it once the plane landed in Scotland. We had finally made it!

 

Next Time:  Shenanigans in Scotland

Buffs in Kilts: Introduction

I recently returned from a travel abroad experience in Scotland and England. The ten days I spent overseas were truly inspiring and life-changing time. It is an experience that all students should try and obtain. I was able to go thanks to WTAMU and the Honor’s Program. Each semester the Honor’s Program offers seminar classes (required if you are an Honor’s Student) and often one of these classes involves travel either to a location inside or outside of the United States. Thanks to the University and Donors of the Honor’s Program, the trips are affordable to students who may otherwise not be able to afford.

It was always my dream to travel to England, but I never thought it would become a reality until now.  It was a jam-packed trip, with a different activity happening at every second. Friendships were made and deepened, culture was explored, streets were explored, and feet got sore on this trip. Every bit of it was worth it. I will spend the next few week talking about the trip, so look forward to more!

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Before I started college at WTAMU I always had dreams of traveling the world, but knew that I may never have the opportunity due to time and, more importantly, the cost. Even when starting at WTAMU I had heard about the study abroad office and opportunities, but still believed that it would never happen for me.

 Until now.

This semester I have signed up for an honor’s seminar class that has a travel component to Scotland. For me it is really a dream come true, a dream that I never really believed would come true for me. This trip is a short, two week visit to Scotland with the class and professor. I’ve learned that the best time to travel really is in college because that is when the time and the cost are best. Most college students don’t have a family (husband or kid) that they need to worry about leaving behind, and there are many scholarships to help cover the cost. It will cost a lot less to travel with a class, than trying to travel on your own after college. Another way to really enjoy a foreign country is to spend a semester studying in the country. (and guess what, WT helps with that too!)

Don’t pass on this dream, just because you think it could never happen to you. Inform yourself, and look out for opportunities!

http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/study-abroad.aspx 

 

Going on a Trip

College is the time to experience new opportunities that otherwise might not be available to you. I’ve had a lot of opportunities thrown my way, but none were as exciting as signing up for a Honor’s seminar class that will travel to Scotland. The class doesn’t start until the spring semester and the trip to Scotland isn’t until May, but I am already preparing and planning! Being able to go overseas and visit different countries has always been a dream of mine; however, I never thought that I would be able to actually achieve that dream simply due to the cost of traveling. If it wasn’t for WTAMU and the Honor’s Program, I would never have been able to attend and afford this trip.

Seminar classes are required by all honor’s students, and there is normally at least one class offered a semester that has a travel component attached. Last semester a bunch of Honor’s students went to Costa Rica for about ten days and had an amazing trip. It’s not just the Honor’s program that allows students to travel however; there are classes in all different departments on campus that have the opportunity to travel abroad. The trip I will be taking to Scotland is part of an Art History focused class, which fits in well to my major of Graphic Design. The college of business is also offering a course that will be traveling to London this upcoming semester. Every Freshman has the opportunity to write a paper based on the readership novel and have the opportunity to travel to a country based on the novel they read. If you are unable to get into a class that travels, there is always the option to study abroad. You could visit or live in another country for up to a Semester or more.

Going overseas, or simply visiting a foreign country is an experience you should take advantage of while you are in college. Visit  http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/study-abroad.aspx to find out more!