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22 January 2016

So, I'm Off Again


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Earlier this week, after an 8 page application process and a panel interview, I discovered I'd been accepted for a placement year in Washington DC, starting this August. Even writing this, I feel like I'm dreaming, and I just thought as a blog post to look back on and remind myself of this very real overwhelmed feeling, I would write a bit about why/how I decided moving abroad (again) was something I wanted to do.

It all starts with the queen of teenage chick flicks, Hilary Duff. I have essentially spent the last 11 years wanting to go to America to study just because of A Cinderella Story. I clearly find it very hard to differentiate fiction and real life because even now I find myself wanting to be a surgeon with every Grey's episode I watch.

Anyway at the tender age of 10 I decided I wanted to go to Princeton too. And then, as I got older I realised I'm not actually a genius child with Ivy League capabilities, so I aimed to just get to any uni in America. And then, obviously, those dreams were squashed rapidly when I found out about their tuition fees- hello America what are you thinking???? So at 17, when I first started looking for universities, I searched long and hard for study abroad schemes to America which were achievable.
There was a lot of confusion with Royal Holloway, and after a lot of emails and me ending up in tears on countless occasions, I realised I probably would never be able to afford it due to our study abroad scheme. However, this year the uni have offered a different scheme which includes government funding for the first time ever. Which meant I was able to apply and despite the extremely slim chances of ever getting onto scheme (only two places at each international university for our whole uni!) I applied, and found out on Tuesday I'd been successful! 

I still can't really believe I'll actually be going. It makes my head hurt and I am terrified but also so excited. I've never even left Europe so to be moving to America for a year is extremely daunting but something I'm hoping to take in my stride. 

This will probably be the only thing you hear about from me, but I'm so thrilled I just felt I had to write about it! Also so as to not suddenly throw it on my readers that I'm actually in a different continent for 11 months!

After a pretty dreadful start to 2016, this has definitely made the horizon look a lot brighter. I hope you all have wonderful weekends!

Ciao for Now!

x

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations. It will be an amazing experience. One of the best things I ever done was live abroad.

    Elaine - someofmyfavouritethings.com

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  2. Ahhhh! How exciting! (Ugh I know tell me about our tuition, my eyes couldn't roll back far enough) You'll be there in spring then? They have amazing cherry blossom trees and a festival just for them it's breathtaking! :)

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    1. The fees are crazy!!! I feel so sorry for you! Yes I'll be there from August 2016-May 2017! I can't wait! xx

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  3. ahhhh so exciting! Are you studying abroad or doing a placement? I came back from a study abroad year in August and have been wishing I'm back there ever since! America is a wonderful place to live and study, there are so many outdoor pursuits and cultural things to do too! Will look forward to reading about your adventures!

    Also, find it so weird that I was an au pair in Italy and then studied abroad in America -- are we living parallel lives haha?

    http://www.ellacbee.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm studying abroad at George Washington University! I'm sure it will make great blogging material hahahah. That is so bizarre, clearly we are very in tune with one another! Hahaha xx

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  4. So exciting! Congratulations. I'm so happy for you. I'm excited to see what you'll get up to once you are there. I'd love to study abroad in a few years too, maybe you will give me a bit of inspiration.

    Eline | www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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    1. Obviously I can't speak just yet but I think it will be an amazing time so hopefully it will give you some inspiration! :) x

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  5. Congratulations Alice!! This is amazing, it's a really exciting experience, I'm so happy for you :)
    I've always wanted to study abroad too whether it's in America or the UK. But seeing as going to America is impossible for me, I'm just hoping I can spend at least a semester in the UK in 2017-2018. My uni has a study abroad program so yeah, hopefully I will get in.
    Can't wait to read about what you'll be doing in America :)
    Anna x
    http://dropsofanna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!!! Good luck with coming to study here! I think studying abroad is always a good idea and such an amazing way to break up your degree and meet new people! xx

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  6. Congrats Alice, that's such an amazing opportunity!! I've been to Washington DC on holiday and it's a really beautiful place, you're going to make so many incredible memories:) Can't wait to see all the blog posts about this new chapter in your life xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm very excited to see what's in store! xx

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