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Living Away From Home

Welcome back to another Sunday night blog!

If you know me, you will know that I have spent the past 2 summers away from Scotland. In the summer of 2017, I was away to America for 3 months. This past summer, I was a little closer to home and spent 10 weeks in London. Both very different experiences but will very similar learnings.


I remember very vividly being absolutely desperate to get out of Scotland just before this summer was about to start. The reason for this had stemmed from how miserable the summer of 2016 was for me. I could not stand spending another 3 months out of uni working at a crappy job in crappy Scottish weather, doing nothing that felt significant and impactful ... it just wasn't for me. Firstly, I tried extremely hard to gain an internship but this proved very difficult as internships are usually for students in their 3rd year. Next, I looked at volunteering programmes and this quickly came to a dead-end when I realised that I hadn't saved enough money to sustain myself for more than 2 weeks! Suddenly, out of the blue my mum mentioned about Camp America, as I had been dying to apply since I was around 17 and had completely forgotten about it. This was a huge lightbulb moment. Around 3 weeks after that, I had applied to the programme, applied for my working visa and had been placed at Camp Jorn in Wisconsin. Having never been to America or lived away from home before, I could not be more ecstatic!! So I packed my (very, very heavy) suitcase and jetted off to start a new adventure.


After a looooong process, this time round I finally gained an internship and I was off to to the big city. After my previous summer, I couldn't think of anything better than to have gone back to America for another amazing experience. However, priorities changed and I wanted to be closer to home, leading to most of my choices being in England. This was a completely new and different adventure from before as this time, I was working a full time job and living alone in student halls. Thankfully, someone from the same programme was working with me but we lived in different floors so we each spent around half of the time alone. Nonetheless, I wouldn't have changed my summer for the world.


1. I do not like living alone, at all - I love the privacy of having your own space but I'm a very social person, so I need to come home to someone so I can talk to them til my heart's content.

2. Travelling is something you can't waste your money on - whether it's a week's holiday once in a while or a year living away from home, travelling is something that you can't regret. Travelling offers you the chance to explore new cultures and re-energise for what's to come in the future.

3. There will always be support around you - Despite my love to get away from home, I am a homebody, so naturally I got homesick both times I went away. But nothing couldn't be fixed by a conversation with someone who's there to listen. Whenever you're away, it's so important to know that people are only a phone/face time call away, the people who care about you will never get sick of talking to you.

4. Meeting new friends will never get old - I have friends that I met a year ago who I am closer to now than others that I have known since I was young. Things change, people change and sometimes you need different people in your life at different times. Meeting others from different cultures opens up a multitude of perspectives that can make life so different.

5. Don't be afraid of new experiences - Living somewhere new (even if it's just an hour away from home) can be scary but so, so exciting. Grab every opportunity that makes you feel uncomfortable cos that's what will make a significant impact in your life and make you who you are!

If you're starting something new that makes you nervous, reach out and talk to someone who's been through it. Good luck and enjoy every minute!

Until next time,

D x

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