The Study Abroad Newsletter

My Scottish Adventure

Kayla Clarke
University of Stirling, Scotland

My name is Kayla Clarke and I attended University of Stirling in Scotland. I am a biology major at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Over the course of the semester I have had many memorable moments. It is hard to choose only a few because overall this experience has helped me grow as a person, and I have become more confident in my own abilities. One experience in particular that really stuck with me over the semester was during reading break. My flat mates and I decided to take a trip to Loch ness and to Skye. We didn’t plan out the trip, and decided to see where it went. We ended up stuck in a small town on Loch ness on a Sunday where no buses were coming in and out of the town. We found a place to stay and then took the first bus out of there the next day because it had started to snow. We never ended up making it to Skye, but I have never laughed so hard on a trip. It definitely taught me to be aware of different types of public transport and to prepare in advance.

Manchester United football match

Another memorable moment was going to see my favorite football team play in Manchester, England. I am a huge football fan, and being able to go and experience the event at Old Trafford was amazing. One of my favorite teams is Manchester United, and I have been following them for quite a while. I got to see the players up close, and in their own stadium. Manchester United ended up winning 5 to 1 against FC Midtjylland. It was a phenomenal experience being able to be a part of England football. Overall, my term abroad has been an eye opening experience that I will cherish all of my life. I have been able to travel all over the UK, as well as other European countries.