Dunure Castle in South Ayrshire was the first stop on the first tour I took in Scotland.
Name: Josie Prickett
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.
Graduation year: 2018
Major: Environmental Studies
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, Spring’17
1. Why did you choose to study in the program/country you chose?
I chose to study abroad in Scotland because I was interested in the landscape and the country’s attitude toward the environment. I wanted to see how people there view the environmental issues that Scotland is facing, what is being done, and experience the terrain and destinations first-hand.
Looking east onto the Sound and Islands of Raasay, after hiking up The Storr on the Isle of Skye.
2. What is your favorite place in your host city/state/country?
One of my favorite places in Glasgow is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The gardens were a five minute walk from my flat, and on the way to the university campus, so I walked through them nearly every day. Both the glasshouses and the grounds are really beautiful (and free!).
Of all the places that I visited in Scotland, outside of Glasgow, my favorite was the Isle of Skye. Skye is famous for its breathtaking scenery and landscapes, and it really doesn’t disappoint. It was a rare sunny weekend when I went, but from what I hear, Skye actually shines (so to speak) when it’s cloudy.
Highland cows at Pollok Country Park in Glasgow.
3. What are the three most important things you brought with you from home and why?
The three most important things that I brought with me were: my rain jacket, because Scotland really is as wet and rainy as everyone says. A reusable grocery/tote bag, because stores in the UK charge for plastic bags. The last thing I brought was my passport. The passport may seem obvious, since I needed it to get to Scotland in the first place, but I also ended up traveling to a lot of other countries during my time abroad, and I definitely couldn’t have gotten anywhere without that.