This morning marked the first time in a long while that I awoke to bright sunlight streaming through my bedroom window. Indeed, apart from the occasional lashings of wind and rain, it appears that the first hints of spring are upon us here in London.
I’m sure regularly readers will have noticed that I’ve been quite for a while – my last post was on 11 January. After an eventful 2015, I decided to take some time to hibernate for a bit.
But alas, two months is long enough! And with spring coming up just around the corner I’m officially coming out of hibernation.
With that, I’d like to catch you up on a few things.
You’re Lookin’ at the UK’s Newest Grad Student!
One of the many benefits of receiving (perhaps achieving would be a better term!) Indefinite Leave to Remain here is the UK is that it makes you eligible for UK/EU tuition fees at public universities. Earning a master’s degree has always been a goal of mine, but it was never really feasible in the US thanks to high tuition fees. The tuition fees for international students at UK universities are equally eye-watering, so I’ve patiently waited 5 years to apply.
In December 2015 – a whole two months after receiving Indefinite Leave to Remain – I submitted my application to the M.A. in Applied Linguistics (distance learning) program at the University of Birmingham, and I’m happy to report that they extended a conditional offer to me in late February! I formally accepted the offer this morning and contingent on sending in some references and official transcripts, I’ll be starting my graduate studies in February 2017
Things have been pretty quiet on the travel front for me since arriving back in London from Bangkok in mid-December 2015.
All that’s about to change.
Skiing in Crans-Montana
This upcoming week I’ll be hitting the slopes in Crans-Montana, Switzerland! It’s a short trip with only two days of skiing, but I’m determined to make the most of it. And don’t worry, I’ll be taking lots of pictures (hint: don’t forget to follow me on instagram).
Fossil Hunting in Charmouth
I have been patiently waiting to visit the UK’s famed Jurassic Coast since making the leap across the pond in 2010. Later this month it’s finally happening. I am as much a natural sciences nerd as a I am a linguistics nerd, so this trip is kind of a big deal for me. The S.O. and I will be renting a car from London City Airport and driving to Charmouth, a little seaside town right smack dab in the middle of the Jurassic Coast. We’ll spending a few days fossil hunting, enjoying the local scenery, and celebrating our 9th anniversary (wow, has it really been that long?)
Much More to Come
That’s all for now folks, but I promise you there’s much more to come in 2016 😉