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Catherine Lerose

UMass: UK: University of Glasgow

Hey everybody! My name is Catherine Lerose and I am a fourth year student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. For the fall semester of 2019, I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow located in Glasgow, Scotland. And might I say, what an amazing semester it was! My decision to go to Scotland was one of the best I ever made (cliché enough?).
One of the highlights of my time abroad was touring the country by traveling! I was lucky enough to find a tour company that specialized in taking international students to all parts of Scotland, both main attractions and unknown areas. Through these tours, I was able to explore the different fairytale-like villages, bustling cities and picturesque Highland regions that Scotland has to offer. Another favorite activity of mine was joining the Scottish Country Dance Society at my school. I attended weekly classes in which I got to learn dances that are performed at ceilidhs (traditional Scottish socials) while listening to bagpipe-style music. At the end of the semester, I participated in a Scottish dance festival, while wearing a kilt of course.
I strongly urge anyone who is considering going abroad to do it! It is a time for adventure and enlightenment. If you want to be able to look back at your college experience with gratitude, fond memories and fun times, studying abroad is definitely a way to do it. A tip that I have for you students who are hesitant about study abroad is to tell yourself that there are many platforms of support, whether it be academic, financial, health or social. There are ways in which you can make the experience worthwhile and if you know where to look, your time abroad will be one of the most fulfilling times of your life. Good luck!