Stories of an American Scouser
Howth, Ireland

Stories of an American Scouser

As I sit here looking at the calendar I am in disbelief at how quickly my study abroad experience has gone. I have less than three weeks left in this amazing country and city.

Wait… what?

Only three weeks left to explore new places and discover breathtaking sites. Only three weeks left to spend with the incredible international friends I’ve made. Only three weeks left of this unforgettable adventure that will impact me for the rest of my life.

I am overwhelmed with emotion when I think I will be leaving this city and school that has become such a comfort to me over the semester. Liverpool is truly a second home as are the beautiful people here I’ve gotten to know.

At the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

At the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

It will definitely be different not seeing their faces everyday, traveling together, spending nights out and just making memories. I am already starting to miss them knowing my departure date is coming closer and closer.

Not to mention my study abroad bucket list is still at least a foot long and the clock is ticking. So, what is a girl to do?

Of course I will not get to see all the places on my list, but I sure can try.

If I have learned anything during my exchange program, it is to take advantage of every opportunity given to you. You never know if you will get another chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Money, work, family and time will always seem to be more important, but the memories of spontaneous adventuring will last forever.

So when I am presented with an amazing opportunity I have learned to just go ahead and take the plunge. I have tried to live this motto throughout my time here in Liverpool and have always taken advantage of every chance to explore and learn. In these last 21 days abroad, I plan on living this to the best of my ability.

Over the next few weeks, I will be traveling to Cotswolds, Oxford and the Peak District. These sites have been on my bucket list of places to visit for years and I know I cannot pass up the opportunity to see them.

I am excited for these solo adventures and the chance to show myself how much I have grown and learned in the last five months. I do not know when I will get the opportunity to travel back to this gorgeous country, so it may be now or never.

Time and money may not be on my side, but I am up to the challenge. I only have three weeks left together with my beautiful Britain so it’s time to celebrate and live it up.

 

Mary Knight

Reporter

mknig512@uwsp.edu

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