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Dissertation, More Travels and Preparing to Leave..

Posted on August 21st, 2012 by Caitlin Collom

I haven’t been very good about updating this blog.  I’m sorry for that!  Time has gone by so fast.  I have less than two weeks to finish up my dissertation and head back to the US.  It was has been an amazing year.  Since my three week Easter vacation I endured 2- 3 hour exams and am currently working on my 15k dissertation.  Over the summer my amazing best friend came to visit and we did a wee bit of traveling around Scotland (Inverness, Balmoral, Edinburgh).  After she left I went with one of my lovely Scottish friends to Barcelona for a week of relaxing and a couple weeks after that I took off to Venice, Nice/Monaco, Avignon and Bordeaux!  It really has been a whirlwind summer and I will be the first to admit that I “drifted” from my dissertation work.  Fear not though I always get my work done!

It is hard to believe that I will be home in less than two weeks.  I have been able to experience so much from my year abroad, from meeting the most amazing people to seeing new places and learning new cultures.  Just a week ago I was trying whale for the first time with a classmate from the Faroe Islands!  It would not have been possible without the help from International Student and the extremely fun video contest.

I think the best way to show the last few months here in Europe is pictures!

Barcelona! Absolutely amazing city!  Beautiful Gaudi structures and wonderful atmosphere…


My best friend visits Scotland!  First stop the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens.  Photo on the right is Stonehaven beach!


Sunrise in Venice!                                                                   Eze Village!

Stonehenge!                                                                               And last but not least, a makeover photoshoot with the best flatmate at Inspire!

This doesn’t even begin to cover the year I have had.  I am very excited to get back and share my adventures with my family and friends and to start the next chapter in my life.  I have experienced more than I thought possible from this year and have gained more than just a Master’s Degree.  I hope many of you are able to travel and continue your education.  The world has much to offer as long as we are willing to work hard to achieve it.  I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes by Confucious:

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart”



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