I'll try to keep this brief and Goth-relevant since I know many of you follow me for that reason, but here is the short of it: Scotland! Yay! Finally! I've been bouncing off the walls about this trip for so long and I'm glad it's finally come to pass. As of today, I've been in Scotland for a week, and what a week it's been! Here's a brief bit about my life now and what I've done thus far:
The campus is basically the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Really. We're tucked away between some beautiful hills and a crag with the Wallace Monument on it. Around campus is a wonderful amount of wildlife, from big black crows (or ravens, I'm no biologist) to seagulls to rabbits and squirrels. There's even rumors of a badger somewhere on campus, but I've yet to investigate that. The loch that separates the main buildings from the residence halls is a gorgeous dark green and filled with swans and ducks (and probably a few merpeople, too.) It's just stunning.
Also of note, the campus bookstore sells Alchemy Gothic Jewelry. Oh god my wallet why.
My dorm room!
I live on the top floor of my hall and, though that does mean looong flights of stairs, it also means that I get an amazing view. So I'm pleased, and the second day I was there I made it my goal to decorate my dorm so it doesn't feel so lonely. Since I don't have any crafting supplies with me, I wasn't able to delve into the wonderful world of DIY dorm decor, so that will have to wait until I'm at Mount Holyoke this January. I just solved my problem by bringing my photo wall from home and adding a poster I bought from the poster sale they were having as an orientation activity. Anyway, here it is:
The view out my window.
On Wednesday, international students were offered a free bus tour of Stirling and the surrounding area, which I readily accepted. We went to Stirling Castle, the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, and Dunblane Cathedral. Dunblane Cathedral is beautiful, predominately Gothic in design but with elements of other styles. I took a stroll around their cemetery as well as inside to offer you all some idea of just how lovely it was.
My classes only just began this Thursday in the form of introductory lectures about the course and sign-up for the practical portion of my Psychology course. However, next week I have to attend the seminars as well as the lectures. You see, at Stirling Uni all of our classes are divided into two segments. The first are large lectures, which are for one hour and two or three times a week. The second portion are seminars/practicals. Seminars are smaller groups of students who come together once a week for about an hour and actually participate in round-table discussion of the course material. Practicals are where you run lab experiments based on the topics you're covering in lectures, so they're for the science disciplines. So, I have seminars for my English and History classes, but a practical for my Psychology class. It's going to be fun.
Oh, and P.S. : we're watching and analyzing Pirates of the Caribbean in my English class. I'm excited.
In the building where my Psychology class is (that is informally dedicated to the sciences and also a huge maze) there is a hallway that has several display cases filled with bones. Personally, I found them fascinating, as I have a budding bone collection at home. Here are some of the highlights.
That's all I have that is somewhat Goth related or at least important. I could also mention the new friends I've made, the awesome rock night on campus (more metal and rock, really, but awesome fun), or the absolutely huge amount of classwork I have already, but that's not for this blog. If you want a more detailed account of my days, you can always check out my study abroad blog on the Students Gone Global network, and don't worry, I have a proper post for this blog ready for next week. I hope you all have been enjoying your September!