Tuesday with Tulsa: Mobile Moments from Scotland

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post comes to us from across the pond…Hillary S., a junior Energy Management major from Parker, Colorado, sent us these mobile moments from Scotland.

Hey y’all, I’m back for another edition of Golden Mobile Moments! I don’t normally say “y’all” often, but here everyone says “yous” and it’s really weird.

This time, I’m writing to you from Aberdeen, Scotland, where 3 other classmates and I are studying abroad for the semester. As an Energy Management student, we have the option to study abroad in Scotland or Singapore. We’ve been having a great time meeting new people, but also hanging out with each other. It’s nice to have a little TU family even when you’re far away! IMG_1799

These are letters from my pledge class. They wrote them to me before Christmas break and put them in a huge envelope that said, “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL THE PLANE.” It really brightened the trip over the pond. I was the only person in my house to go abroad this semester, so sometimes it’s easy to feel like I’m missing things. But they have been doing a great job of keeping me in the loop!

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There is a unicorn in the middle of the city. What.

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I was actually expecting it to be much colder here, but all in all, it’s very good. This was a particularly blustery walk to work one morning, but at least I got to rock my TU umbrella!

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Yay, sunshine in Aberdeen!

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Superbowl Sunday/Monday. It started at 11:30 pm here! Luckily, Thomas’ flat has a TV. Unluckily, there are no commercial breaks in sports here. So there were extra commentators and no funny commercials. We watched them the next day on YouTube.

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People really do wear kilts here, y’all. The boys went to a formal dinner for work and said it was 50/50 tuxedos/kilts. I take a lot of creepy pictures on the bus. There could be an anthology of ONLY bus pictures.

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This is right across the street from my office building. My internship is really interesting, because I didn’t really know anything about offshore drilling before coming here. The project I’m working on is a report on the transportation of offshore rigs to locations around the world.

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We’re right on the North Sea, so there’s a beach, but I won’t be swimming anytime soon. Reid said that he wants to run into it, just to say that he did. There were people surfing in wetsuits, when we visited.

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This river runs behind our campus. It was a nice day this week and I ate lunch out there!

I really miss TU, but there is plenty to see here. Don’t worry, we’re bringing plenty of Golden Hurricane spirit to Aberdeen!

Study Abroad Guest Blog

Arriving in Oxford

Grace W., one of our University Ambassadors, is studying abroad at Worcester College at Oxford this semester. Grace is a junior at TU, double-majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy. Here is a peek at Grace’s blog from across the pond:

We took the bus up from London and arrived in Oxford around lunchtime. We were escorted around to our different rooms to drop off our things and then hurried to lunch where the four of us who came through IFSA Butler met another visiting student named Victoria. Lunch was Thai curry, there seems to be a universal British agreement to make up for the lack of interest in their own traditional foods by adopting those of various different ethnicities. Afterwards, we did the necessary paperwork and forms. It doesn’t seem to matter what University you go to, everyone has the system of having to register online but not being able to get online until after you register… More interestingly, we went on a quick tour of Worcester (pronounced Wooster or even Woosta) and the surrounding area in Oxford. Worcester was founded as a Benedictine house of study in the 15th century, and was closed when the Church of England separated and all of the monasteries were closed. In the 18th century it was re-founded by a man from Worcestershire for which it was named. Here is some more information if anyone is interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester_College,_Oxford. The effect is a very interesting mix of old buildings and older buildings (most say old and new, but being from Texas, 18th century seems quite old to me as well). One doesn’t expect to see 15th century cottages on the same quad as rather palatial 18thcentury buildings, but the effect is quite intriguing. The lake and the gardens were the prettiest part. I can’t wait till it gets just a little bit warmer and I can go running around the lake! Here are a few pictures:

Front Entrance

Benedictine Cottages

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Traditional Staircase

Thanks, Grace! The pictures are beautiful! We will check in with you periodically and publish some of your blog posts here so our prospectives students can follow you on your adventures abroad. Have a great semester.