Where Are They Now? #017: Andrea (Canada)

Student Tours Scotland Catches Up With Former Regulars

This week, Student Tours Scotland catches up with Andrea from Canada to see what she's been up to since leaving Glasgow.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Thanks for taking the time to do a Where Are They Now interview. It's been around four years since you studied in Glasgow, Scotland. Introduce yourself for us: name, where you are from and one random fact about yourself.

Andrea (A): Four years? Yikes. My name is Andrea Smith, and I am from Toronto, Canada. I am an absolute wino. (Red preferably haha).

STS: What do you miss the most about Glasgow and Scotland?

A: I greatly miss the people and culture. Coming from Canada, there wasn't too much of a culture shock however there was enough of a difference. I loved how vibrant and social Glasgow was, and yet how historic and tranquil the highlands and outskirts were. It has a good balance and it never took too long to travel around the country to experience both ends of the spectrum. I also can't forget the shopping. To this day I still wear many of the articles of clothing and accessories purchased down Sauchiehall Street.

STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?

A: Glasgow was such an amazing place and is definitely my favourite city in Scotland. In particular, I was in absolute love with Ashton Lane. You feel like you are in another world - so many memories were made there.

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

A: I believe this is one of the most important things when studying abroad. If I didn't go out and explore the city and country, I would not have experienced as much as I did, met as many people as I did, or come back with the kind of memories that could ever be planned on an itinerary. There are so many little gems in Glasgow and Scotland that people may never come across if they don't go outside the "tourist boundaries".

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

A: I graduated from Media Communications upon my returning to Canada, and am currently working in the advertising industry. I love the career path I took, and I owe a lot to my year abroad. Many of my skills and level of confidence were developed during my time away. I frequently reference my year in Glasgow, as it was such a part of my "coming of age". Now I am engaged and living the "responsible adult life" haha.

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

A: Unfortunately I have not been able to return since to Scotland since I left, however I have encouraged many people to visit. I guess I am living vicariously through friends and family who are able to make the trip out. I hope to visit again soon, maybe after the wedding has been paid off - haha.

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

A: Despite the cravings, pace yourself with the deep fried mars bars and Irn Bru. Your body will thank you.