Where Are They Now? #011: Katie (United States)

Each week, Student Tours Scotland tries to track down a former student from six years ago (or so) to feature in 'Where Are They Now?' - a blog doing just what it says in the title. This week we head over to the United States of America for Katie. Here she is with her neice in the picture.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): What do you miss the most about Glasgow and Scotland?

Katie (K): The thing I miss most about Glasgow is walking down the cobblestone streets of Sauchiehall and taking in the vibe and culture of the city. I loved the fact that I could just walk across the street from my flat and be in the city to grab a pint or a sandwich of some kind. Even though it was cold and rainy most of my time there, there's an air about Glasgow that creeps into your heart and once you've been, you can't shake it. The thing I miss most about Scotland as a country is its charming (and often blunt!) people and gorgeous scenery. I hopped on a bus a few times to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond and to be able to have the countryside at my fingertips was the best because it cured my craving for the outdoors!

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

K: There are too many to pick just one! Edinburgh captivated me because it was like stepping back in time with the Castle on the hill but then incorporated the modern vibe of the city. I loved the narrow streets and climbing a large, mountainous hill (though I don't remember the name of it!).

STS: Do you think it's important to get out and about in Glasgow and Scotland when you study here?

K: I do think it's important to get out of Glasgow and see other Scottish cities because it gives you more of an accurate picture of what other cities are like. You should never base your opinion of a country based on visiting one city.

STS: But enough about Scotland. What are you doing with yourself now?

K: Right now I am working for a Study Abroad Provider called ISA which is based out of Austin, TX. We offer 37 cities in 21 countries (just adopted programs in August for 2 universities in Scotland!) and I get to talk to students about the benefits of studying abroad and how it will broaden your horizons, like it did for me.

STS: Have you been back in Scotland since you first left?

K: Nope, I'd love to go back and visit the Highlands, since I didn't get there the first time.

STS: If you could offer any one piece of survival advice to someone about to study in Scotland what would it be?

K: Don't walk down the streets alone at night, beware of riding the bus during football games (you'll get some crazy riders on there), see the sights around Scotland!

STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us. All the best.