Friday, June 19, 2009

Things I Learned Abroad

And finally my "cultural" video. It's my favorite by far.

I appologize as it is a bit grainy I had to cut its file size in half to get it onto blog spot (meaning I had to loose some quality). I plan to blog one last time when some Strathclyde students arrive in Clemson next semester, otherwise thank you so much for reading and keeping up with me I really appreciate all of you.

A side note* This is my 50th post, I just wanted everyone to know because it was my unspoken goal to write to you 50 times.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The "Professional Video"

I had to produce something concerning my career choices and I also needed an interview. This is the result of those requirements and yes, in true American fashion, my second movie has not outdone my first (just wait for the third one though, it has potential).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

First Video

Here is the first video I've created for CLAM Class...Two more will soon follow. I hope you enjoy it, but it probably is going to be more enjoyable to me than anyone else.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Goodbye Scotland, now in the US of A

I'm back...actually I've been back for almost two weeks now. I got the internship/job with enterprise rent-a-car for the summer. I like to think that this is a somewhat impressive feat considering the state of the economy and that I did most of the interviewing via phone in Scotland (a shout out of thanks to Amy who recruited me) . So far I've been learning a lot on the job and I'm so thankful that its hands on and never dull.
The day I left Scott and Janelle helped me drag all 100 something pounds of luggage to the Buchanan bus stop where we caught a bus to Edinburgh. Then I somehow managed to get it all onto another bus and single handedly dragged all the luggage from where that bus ended into the airport.
I really only experienced a little culture shock on the way back into the USA, the most notable symptoms were a sudden realization of how fat we are as a nation and I felt a strange slight intimidation, but that might just have been because I flew through New York (JFK). Although I still scored an entire row for myself on the flight over the Atlantic it was not nearly as fun as the trip there...I guess I was one of the first college students done in the UK so the plane consisted mostly of families. I'll also admit that on the plane I watched 'Marley and Me' and nearly teared up, mostly because I was leaving Scotland and lots of awesome people behind, but also because the movie was pretty sad.
Friday I took my value theories final in Clemson (shout out to Sallie for being awesome, letting me take the exam here, and helping make the whole Scotland adventure happen. While I'm thanking people I also need to thank my parents and Grandmom for assisting in funding this adventure.) Anyway, the exam went alright but I still won't know any grades till July which has potential to destroy me scholarship wise.
One of the things that I missed most about the states was driving and I'm so glad to have the freedom of going anywhere I want back. This weekend for example I drove down to the beach Saturday morning and came back Sunday night (I made a huge sand octopus that I was very proud of). It is also ironic and I seem to have overcompensated because my new job has me driving all kinds of vehicles all over the place.
Another weird feeling is that it seems nothing has changed, maybe it is due to keeping up with friends on facebook and skype, but it seemed strangely easy to step right back into my life, which makes me wonder if the whole experience has changed me at all.

The classes required Videos are being compiled and will be coming soon...stay tuned

Also Julien made an excellent video for those who hung out with people from or lived in 13c