Glasgow is home to about six hundred thousand people and is full of things to see and do, and luckily, even with the responsibilities of school, I am able to fit in time to learn about and explore the city. At the University of Glasgow students take 60 credits per semester, which often is the equivalent of about six hours actually spent in class, so this leaves plenty of time to tour the city. Today I will give a run-down of an average school day.
Starting the day with a 9am class, I’m able to watch the sun come up over the crispy orange-leaved trees on my stroll to campus. It’s eleven degrees Celsius in October- which is crazy for Austinites. I am experiencing my first “real” Autumn. Once I reach campus, I’m greeted with the beautiful gothic architecture that inspired Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. However, as class begins, we begin to learn about global health, rather than potions and spells. After a very class-led teaching period, my flat-mate and I decide to head home; however in our case, the path home is full of little adventures.
We end up in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The building is full of everything you could ever want to learn about- ranging from airplanes, to the history of Glasgow, to taxidermy animals, to all types of art. The museum even features an entire exhibit detailing the history of Scottish fashion, including a report of The Dress Act of 1746, which made the Highland Dress illegal. Luckily, the iconic Scottish attire was made legal again in 1782. After swinging by the museum, we take the long route home in order to pass through the botanic gardens and stop for tea. This also happens to be a perfect spot for us to lay down a blanket in the grass and study.
As the sun sets, we collect our backpacks and enjoy the views and catch a glimpse of the main building peeking through the trees. Finally, when we reach our flat, we join the rest of our flat-mates in sitting down for a traditional Scottish meal of haggis, mashed turnips, and whiskey sauce.
This post was contributed by Brett Coulston, a 2019 Global Ambassador majoring in sociology. Brett is studying at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
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