Greetings! Today we had a very busy day! We started off at the Bed and Breakfast in Edinburgh then went to the IFSA Butler office for the first section of orientation. We got A TON of information about Scotland’s history and what to expect from Stirling. I also found out which modules I will be taking and they are Psychology of Evil (my first choice yay!) and Issues in Moral Philosophy (which sounds a little daunting but interesting). We took a short break for coffee, tea, and lunch and then we got on a coach (bus) and were on our way to the University of Stirling!
We arrived a day earlier than the rest of the students taking classes so we were able to settle in without too much hassle. The set up is 5 students living in a flat (apartment) sharing a kitchen and bathroom. Everyone has their own bedroom though so that is really nice! The flats also come with kitchen utensils and the rooms with linens (my mom will be pleased to know this). I got my internet all set up and mostly unpacked but I took a break to go into town with some of my group to check it out and go to a local shop. After that we came back to campus, had diner and freshened up a bit.
On the bus into town we met a local girl named Shona and she suggested some pubs to go to and said she might see us out. We went to the first one she suggested and after a few minutes we saw her walk in and she remembered us and came over to chat. She ended up hanging out with us for the rest of the evening and it was fun to experience the pub culture with a local.
Tomorrow we have the morning and afternoon free until 5 pm when Stirling orientation starts. Sunday looks like it will be a busy day as well and then classes start Monday. My classes are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and there are excursions on Thursdays and Fridays (the Friday ones are for the modules you take). Unfortunately, I did not get as lucky as some other students who only have class Tuesday and Wednesday and therefore have a longer weekend to plan trips but I will make so with what I have. Well, it is getting pretty late and I want to get an early start tomorrow so this must be the end of this blog!