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Beginning the Countdown..

Posted on June 13th, 2011 by Caitlin Collom

96 Days to go!  I still have another three weeks before I can apply for my student Visa and I’m also waiting for an offer of accomodation from Aberdeen.  Other than that everything is falling into place.

A friend of mine has a studio apartment I can live in starting in August here so I can save at least one months rent to put towards Scotland.  It’s great to have family and friends be supportive of this huge decision.   I’m going to need all the help I can get.   I started looking around at my apartment and wondering what I’m going to do with all my stuff!  It’s going to take forever to go through papers and other belongings.   The hard part will be organizing everything I’ll need to take with me and what to store.   Especially since I’ll be moving before I even begin the move to Scotland.  Chaos! 

I started informing my coworkers of my grad school plans.  It’s interesting the mixed reactions I am recieving.  Alot of  my coworkers are happy and excited for me, but there are those who are judging my decision to attend grad school overseas.  Some people think I’m crazy for giving up my job to head overseas to a place where I do not know anybody and to put myself in debt.  Before I even applied to Aberdeen I took into consideration the views some of my coworkers have.  I thought how I am thankful to have my job, but it doesn’t pay well and there are no promotions either.  I thought how I want to recieve my graduate degree, but in the US it take two years while in the UK it takes just one.  I also thought of how I love to travel and want to experience different cultures.  I try to explain this to those few people who don’t understand the decision I made.  I’ve decided to call them small town minded.  Don’t get me wrong I love where I live, but where I live there is not much diversity.  Getting a job in government, law enforcement, etc., you have to have years and years of experience.  They hire those who are older making it extremely difficult for young people to enter into a career field.  Most of all where I live very few people are cultured and lack imagination.  Most of the people around here are content to stay put and that is wonderful for them, but I’ve always been curious as to what else is out there in this world.  I’m not letting the small few make me regret or change my decison.  If anything I feel more determined!

Anyways, getting back to Aberdeen.  I do have a question for those of you who live in the UK.  How does currency work over there?  I understand England and Scotland are the British Pound, but should I carry both the Pound and Euros?   

The photo below was taken last year with my best friend… I’m hoping if I post a summer photo then maybe summer here will finally begin!  I miss the sun!!! 

Take care,


10 Responses to “Beginning the Countdown..”

  1. vic Says:

    You will only need pounds in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
    Aberdeen is a fantastic city (altho quite cold and windy!) and a great gateway to exploring some of th most scenic and beautiful parts of Scotland – the Highlands and Islands.
    But dont forget to come down to Glasgow for a couple of weekends. The culture is fab, the shopping even better and we know how to party!

  2. kalicha Says:

    Great I’m lnspired by your courageous to compromise and investing into career life …kudos. Caitlin

  3. Caitlin Collom Says:

    I’m preparing myself for the cold and windy ( : Good thing I’m a fan of coats and scarves! Glasgow sounds fantastic! I wouldn’t miss it. Once i’m in Aberdeen and figure out my schedule I plan on traveling as much as I can. I couldn’t help noticing your email. I’ll have to check out that website for some of my travels. Looks like a great way to meet people.

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