So...in order to explore summer job opportunities at home I've been forced to move my flight up to...tomorrow morning (insert sad face here). Strathclyde University has been good enough to let me take one final (on the 29th of May) at Clemson (shout out to Sallie for administering it). I almost had a job here for the summer, but then came to realize that I had gone the cheap route and not paid to get the official student visa (for students to the UK from the States you can just slide in for 6 months with a stamp in the passport, but you can't work) there is apparently no changing of the visa unless you step foot back into the States. Thus in order to be able to continue my enjoyable college lifestyle I've been rather forced to return home early.
On the bright side almost every good friend I've made here is a foreign exchange student, so they will all have to go their separate ways within in two weeks. Still being the person who leaves the party early isn't fun. I did not realize what an amazing time I've had until the prospect of having to leave became a reality. Every day here has been adventurous because everything is different and therefore life over the last 4 1/2 months has rarely been boring. There are still things that I either forgot to do, didn't have time to do or didn't put the effort into doing here in the UK. I never got to see the Isle of Skye, I did not stand with one foot on both sides of the line that divides the hemispheres, I never enjoyed the Eagle and Child pub (where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis used to meet), and I still want to ride a horse in Scotland. Then again considering how long my list was of things I wanted to accomplish was, having it down to only four is pretty impressive.
My bags are mostly packed, tonight almost all of my Scotland friends sent me off well, by starting in the pub where several of us first got to know each other. The Aussies have been exceptionally kind and I'm thankful that I'll be able to see some of my new American friends again in the near future. One of the best ideas I stole from a student who was leaving as I arrived was to buy a flag and get everyone to sign it (I guess I've encouraged the defacing of a rampart lion), It will be nice to bring it home with me. I got my interview yesterday...it was kind of awkward but at least I believe I have all the footage I need to deliver on the needed projects for CLAM.
I believe that this is my last Blog from my Bonnie Scotland, thus I bid farewell to all those I've met in Scotland...know I'm going to miss all of you.
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