Every so often, Student Tours Scotland tries to catch up with former students from a few years ago. This week we head to the USA.
Student Tours Scotland (STS): What do you miss the most about Glasgow and Scotland?
Jared (J): I really miss the people. There is something so incredibly special about being an international student and being part of a group that is experiencing a culture for the first time, together.
STS: What one place in Scotland was your favourite?
J: Ardnamurchan Point and the Isle of Skye.
STS: Do you think it's important to get out and about in Glasgow and Scotland when you study here?
J: Of course! Especially coming from an American perspective, it is incredibly difficult to get an honest taste of what the states has to offer because it is stupidly large; however, Scotland is much smaller and that's totally a feasible thing. Scotland is so beautiful and anyone studying there would be remiss to not seize the opportunity to experience it.
STS: But enough about Scotland. What are you doing with yourself now?
J: I am about to finish up my MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a focus in Latino Mental Health, which is more or less an applied social justice approach to counseling. Hoping to become employed in Chicago after graduation and start that career thing.
STS: Have you been back in Scotland since you first left?
J: No, sadly. I find myself thinking about Scotland often. I need to go back someday but traveling taught me that one should travel more and experience as much as possible. Overall, keeping me away from where I have already traveled.
STS: If you could offer any one piece of survival advice to someone about to study in Scotland what would it be?
J: There are so many kind people there. Don't be shy and jump in.
STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us. All the best.
Student Tours Scotland brings you another of our regulars from Brazil on the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship
Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study? Tell us a random fact about yourself.
Paulo (P): Hello, my name is Paulo Fernandes Proglhof, I am 24 years old and I come from the state of São Paulo. I currently study at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), located in the city of Santo André. For a random fact I would say that my favorite animals are owls and my favorite Pokémon are Squirtle and Psyduck.
STS: Why choose Glasgow, Paulo? What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?
P: I chose Glasgow for several reasons actually. I have always had a large interest in the UK, its history, landscape and culture, and of the different countries that form it. Scotland is the one that I have always liked the most. I also atended a lecture that the University of Strathclyde gave at my university back in Brazil in which they spoke about the university and the City of Glasgow. This lecture, alongside my interest in Scotland, shaped my idea of applying for Science Without Borders in Glasgow.
STS: What is your earliest memory of arriving in Glasgow - any funny or weird experience?
P: I have memories of all the travel and arriving in Glasgow, from São José dos Campos, my hometown, to the hostel I stayed in before moving to the accomodation. I think that the best memory I have is this: on our first night, me and some friends went out to see the city and have dinner and we found a really cool pub that had a karaoke night that night. We got in, sat on a table and ordered food. When the host of the karaoke started talking, none of us could understand a single word he was saying! I looked to my friends and said, "we were fooled! We were told that we had learned English, but we did not!". The accent was quite a shock, but within some weeks we managed to understand it.
STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?
P: I'm loving my time here! What I most like about the city is the opportunities you get here. If you are a cafe-person, there are a lot of different ones that you can go to; if you're a party person, lots of nghtclubs; if you're a park person, plenty of them. Whatever you like, you can find your little spot in the city, and you can get to experience all of them if you want.
STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?
P: I have. During this year I have taken some trips around Scotland on my own, with friends and with Students Tour Scotland. I have gotten to know most of the seven cities in Scotland as well as some towns and villages and I've learnt a lot of Scotland's mythology, which is really cool.
STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?
P: Yes. I would recommend Glasgow as a destination for CsF students because it is an awesome city: it is the perfect mixture of a big city that has shops, nightclubs, bars and pubs mixed with the calmness of a small city. Everywhere you want to go you can go quickly. Also, the Scottish people are very open and easy to get to know.
STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?
P: I think that I can say that I will really miss the friends I made in here. I made a lot of good friends on this travel and even though it has been only one year it feels like I know these people for over five years. I've made friends in here that I can say with no doubt that will be in my life until the end, no matter how far they might be from now on.
STS: What one piece of advice would you give students from Brazil thinking of going to Glasgow Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK programne?
P: I would tell them to bring warm clothes and to be prepared for the best year of their lives.
It's been a while, but we've found Renan once more.
Welcome to the latest addition to Whoa, Whoa, Where's Renan. This time we find Renan in Perth, in Central Scotland. Perth is one of the newest (and oldest) cities in Scotland. It was once again granted City Status in 2012 for the Queen's Jubilee. You see Renan at the large frame monument which is one of many pieces of random public art around the city. There are crazy sculptures, weird statues and so much more scattered around the city centre and beyond. You can travel quite easily from Glasgow to Perth - so you have no excuses for not going!
Lena returns to Student Tours Scotland with yet another showcase of her fantastic pointing skills! This time we took her to Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow East. It's a huge loch surrounded by a park of the same name and even has a golf course nearby. It's massive and full of wildlife. You can get here really easy from Glasgow City Centre by buses (or take a train to Stepps and walk back towards it). There is an island in the middle which is now a bird sanctuary and a wee sandy beach near the far side from the entrance. You're even close to a few other lochs and recently Hogganfield was merged into the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.