University of Aberdeen, Scotland
I am 20 years old, and spent the 2nd half of my life in Buffalo, NY and the 1st half in southern Connecticut. I am currently studying at University of Aberdeen in Scotland for the first semester of my junior year. I attend Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and am majoring in European Studies. I am in the process of an independent study that covers the role the Scots played in the foundations of Australia. I hope to add on similar research projects in the future during my academic career. I became interested in Scotland when I was 14 because I at first admired the Romanticism of Scottish history. I kept up with the reading, which turned into a passion, and now I’m finally here! I was that kid in high school who was giving history lessons to his buddies at the lunch table, continuing past the point of food being tossed in my specific direction to get me to pipe down. I was even that kid who debated with teachers in the middle of a long history lesson. Scotland has so much to offer: rich and complex history, extraordinary hiking trails through glens, lochs, and mountains, scores of intimidating castles, and the best whiskey in the world. I am exploring this country with every opportunity I have.
This past week has been an absolute cracker of a week. The Auld Enemy came north of the border for the first time since 1999 and it definitely formed one of the best memories I’ll keep with me forever. The Scotland v England happened on 18/11 and was… More
The past week has been filled with music, athleticism, and good cheer! It began with the National Mòd in Inverness, onto the first Gaelic football game at Queen Margaret’s University, outside Edinburgh, then at Malone’s Pub in downtown Aberdeen! I woke… More
It all started when my friend Dave, a Canadian fellow who we bonded over our love of hockey and our distaste of the Bruins, and I left from the university down to the famed Pittodrie Stadium on the 27th September. Seeing all the Aberdonians turning to… More
There are three things that are a must on every hiking trip: My Buffalo Bills tin water bottle that I got for 50¢ at a garage sale. My buddy Rupert - a hand-sized bear donning a Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform that clips on to the pack. Everyone… More