So, it's been almost two years since I left for the UK and over a year since I got back to California. My last year has been an interesting mix of getting re-accustomed to life in Davis and getting ready to say goodbye to it.
I've graduated from uni and am now looking for a job. I have to make use of my degree in Cell Biology. Yay for life after college.
I am definitely planning to go back to the UK at some point. Maybe doing a postgrad there would be nice. And if I don't get the chance to do that, visiting will still be in order.
In other news, I have a friend who's studying abroad in Berlin this year. She's keeping a blog, and it has some really cool entries already. If you'd like to know more about studying abroad or about Berlin and Germany, check it out: Eine Amerikanerin in Berlin.
Also, I've had quite a few people who've read my blog ask me about St Andrews, the UK, studying abroad etc. and I've replied to each of them. So, if you have any questions about those topics, don't hesitate to write. I'd love to answer your questions.
So, I feel like writing another blog post.
I'm not in St Andrews anymore, but I still feel very connected to the place and the people. I find myself wishing I was back there and I keep comparing everything in Davis to St Andrews. I like being back in Davis, but when the memories of my time in St Andrews come back to me, I am reminded of how lucky I am to have had the chance to spend a whole year there, without disrupting the progress of my degree.
Yes, it just so happens that I found out that all the classes I took in St Andrews have transferred well (to UC Davis) and will all count towards my degree! No extra work needed. I am glad about that, because I did a lot of research and spent countless hours looking at class descriptions and meeting with advisers beforehand. Planning ahead really does pay off!
The first class I had after getting back to Davis was a GE (General Education) class on Food, Folklore and Health. This class is 500 strong and even though I'd had many classes in the large SciLec123 Lecture Hall in Davis, It felt very strange to sit there amongst soooooo many people after having class sizes of 13 to 30 people in St Andrews. It was a bit of a shock. I also realised that I knew almost no-one in there :(.
One of my biology classes is taught by a British professor! This made me happy, it reminds me of St. A's.
All in all, being back is bittersweet. Davis is not as old as St A's and it doesn't have all those cool traditions (the Aggie Pack makes up for some of that), but the classes are easier, and I'm closer to home.
With that, I'm going to carry on with my Physics HW.
Swish, Tap, Fwoop! The wand has been waved and the magic curtain has fallen over the stage. The Act (number of which I have not decided yet) is now over. I'm back in California again. Things aren't as great or as magical and nothing seems to have changed much. On the other hand, a lot seems to have happened while I was away, a lot that I hadn't heard about even through the highways and airways of modern technology, some good, some bad.
I am happy to be back, to see family and old friends again and see old sights,