I became an international student in Scotland over three years ago, and I honestly can’t imagine living anywhere else!
As I write this, I am on a train on my way up to the Highlands of Scotland. I look through the window and I notice the colour green (and grey of course –for the clouds) all around me, along with the sound of the train engine.
The woods and the hills that I see from the train really remind me of how much I love living here. I write this blog to tell you about some, although not all, of the ways that Scotland has been a wonderful home to me:
1. Meeting Alastair
I started dating my best friend a year ago. Alastair is Scottish and I am Peruvian which makes our relationship a cross-cultural one. We have enjoyed so much sharing each other’s culture, language and families that even though I might be far from my own country, he’s helped me feel more at home.
2. Strathclyde University
Strathclyde University has been a real treat for an international student like myself. They have a really strong support group for all the students, especially internationals. They showed a huge support when my grandma was unwell and I had to fly to Peru in the middle of my exams.
"Little did I know that becoming an international student was going to be one of the best experiences of my life!"
3. The Scottish Accent
Everybody knows how difficult it can be to understand the Scottish accent when you are trying to learn English. Not only the accent but the slang used amongst natives. Nevertheless, I have grown fond of listening to it. It has become more than just an accent but it carries a sense of home every time I hear it.
4. Wild adventures in Bonny Scotland.
Scotland has witnessed all my wildest adventures and experiences. From camping in the Isle of Skye to flying in a Seaplane above Loch Lomond for my birthday this month (see picture above). Being on that plane, I couldn’t stop smiling and thinking how everybody should have this kind of experience at least once in their life. Scotland is absolutely beautiful!
5. My church
Last but not least: my church, and all the growing I’ve done in my Christian faith here in Scotland. My family and I have experienced indescribable support from so many Christians here. They’ve helped me grow in my faith and I thank God so much for them. Now that Easter is around the corner, we remember how Jesus, the Son of God, went through the painful yet loving ordeal of the cross – in order to bring forgiveness and restoration to the world. So many things to be thankful for!
As I finish writing this, I am in Inverness, next to my boyfriend’s mom in the back garden, enjoying the sun. I breathe in the fresh air of the Highlands and wonder if I ever imagined 10 years ago that I was going to be here writing to you guys about my new home, Scotland.
Little did I know that becoming an international student was going to be one of the best experiences of my life!