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Greetings from Idaho!

Posted on January 11th, 2011 by Caitlin Collom

I’ll be the first to admit that this is my first blog, so any suggestions would be appreciated! 

I suppose this first post should be an introductory into who I am.  I kept trying to think of ways to make this intro more interesting, but I believe a traditional and over used cheesy version will suffice.

Hello, My name is Caitlin Collom ( : 

I live in northern idaho and love the summers here.  Unfortunately,  it is winter,  and it has taken me about five hours to warm my feet up.  Also we have a winter storm warning for MORE snow that is to last until tomorrow.  I think winter wouldn’t be so bad if I participated in winter activities such as snowboarding.  Now don’t get me wrong I would love to be snowboarding, but it is so expensive and to be honest the last time I attempted a chair lift I was face planted in the snow and had a bruise on my back from the chair.  I haven’t gone since.  I’m not a very athletic person. 

Anyways… I graduated with my Bachelors in Justice Studies and currently am working with a law enforcement agency.  My life right now has seemed to slow down after getting my degree.  I spend most nights, if not with friends, then quietly reading fiction novels (guilty pleasures) or watching movies.   I keep up with the local and world news as best as I can.  The transition from being in school and working full time where I have no free time (because i’m writing a research paper) to just working full time has been interesting.  I have tried to fill it with new crafts such as crochet, scrapbooking, and next week I’ll try my hand at knitting.   I never have been much for domestic type activities so going back to school for my Masters and beginning a career is exactly what I need.

 After I graduated from high school I wanted to go away to school and study international relations, international law, justice, etc.  Unfortunately once you get out of high school you really see how difficult it can be to make your dreams come true, without proper funding.  I was accepted into a school back east and was so excited until the realization hit that, on my own, I would never be approved for enough loans to go to a private liberal arts school.  My parents wanted to help me, but with the economy they were not able to cosign on anything.  So, I did the best I could and went to a local school.  In the end I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend my college and to have worked hard to get myself through it on my own. 

Now that I am older I am ready to again try and achieve my dreams of studying abroad.  I still have finances to worry about, which drives me crazy, but I feel that now is the time before a career is started and before I get married and have children.   There are several aspects of attending a UK school that are  very appealing.  1.)  The Master’s degree is just 1 year compared to 2 years in the US.  2.) It will cost the same as attending a US school, but in the end will be cheaper because it is only 1 year.  3.) International experience from attending a school overseas will give me an edge in the job market. 

I have applied to the University of Aberdeen and am awaiting to hear if I’ve been accepted.  *Fingers crossed*  I stumbed across International Student from Aberdeen’s website while I was considering if I’d even be able to afford to make this happen.  I am the type of person who has to weigh all my options and think of every possible issue there could be.  In my head I already have a plan as to what my timeline will be when I’m accepted into the University of Aberdeen.  It’s a huge decision to make!    I am very grateful to International Student for bringing me so much closer to making this happen.  I’ll keep you posted.  I found the application process very humorous.  The differences between the US and the UK just in vocabulary and dates was confusing at times, but fun to figure out. 

I’ll leave that topic for the next post!  I hope you enjoy and as I said before any feedback would be wonderful.   I am still learning how to use this program, but I inserted a photo of my brother and I at my graduation. 

Take Care!

Graduation Day

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    Iam from North India.Iam about to complete my Diploma in Civil Engineering.I have finished my 10th standard previously from I.C.S.E boards of india.Is it possible for me to continue my further studies in your University?I would be really thankful to know about my total expenses and necessities that i should start managing.

  2. Caitlin Collom Says:

    Arpan Sharma,

    Hello! Unfortunately my college does not offer a degree in Civil Engineering but there are plenty of universities in the US that offer that great program. It really depends on where you want to live. I know of several engineering programs at the University of Idaho and The University of Wyoming Both of these locations are pretty rural and wouldn’t give you the experience of living in the city in the United States, but maybe that is what you are looking for. ( :
    I have to be honest I do not know anything about international grading scales or engineering but I know if you do research on schools in the US they offer help to international students and can explain the expenses to you as well. The first step is figuring out what you want to do and the program and the next is location. I would be glad to do more research to help you out. Just let me know!


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