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Emma's Blog: Moving to Glasgow

By UofGBlogger 11 Sep 2019

I am soaking it all in. Every bit of home. Because I know that when I come back over the Christmas holiday, everything is going to be different, look different, feel different. 


My room is almost empty because all my belongings are in piles in the living room, waiting to be packed in suitcases. Over the past week, I have met with a different friend every day, and every moment with my family is a special moment.

In three days I am moving to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow. It will not only be the first time that I am moving out of my parents’ house, but it will also be the first time that I:

  • Move away from my home
  • Move away from my country
  • Move away from my family
  • Move away from my friends
  • Move away from everything I know. 

I cannot really imagine what moving will be like, and it is a very strange feeling. For now, in the comfort of my own home, I feel indifferent to leaving because it feels like it is not going to happen. I cannot wrap my head around the idea of moving out, because it is such a foreign idea to me. There is one thing that I am sure of though: this is going to be difficult. I imagine that the first time I am alone in my room I will feel scared, and lonely, and I know that I am going to miss everything at home. A lot. 


In spite of all this, I am also convinced that this move will turn out to be the best thing that could happen to me right now. I am unbelievably excited to arrive at the residence and see what my room looks like, to try and find my way to the first lecture and to meet new people. I cannot wait to perfect my English (or Scottish if you like) and learn new slang and weird idioms. I am also looking forward to test myself and see how this move will bring out the best and the worst in me, to see how I will grow from this and maybe discover sides of myself that I never knew existed. Oh, and did I mention freshers’ week? An opportunity to dive head first into everything that Glasgow University has to offer (day and night) cannot be anything other than absolutely amazing. 


When I try to imagine my life as a student abroad I see only good things, because it will be the first time that I:

  • Move towards a new home
  • Move towards a new culture
  • Move towards new friends
  • Move towards new opportunities
  • Move towards a new life. 

The bottom line is that in three days time, I move away from home and towards Glasgow with everything that the city and the University has to offer. Whether it turns out to be the biggest mistake or the greatest decision, is yet to be discovered.