October 29, 2012, by Shane
Me, myself and I
It has come to my attention that I’ve done things a bit backwards with these blogs. Unlike my fellow bloggers who began blogging with a blog about themselves, I launched myself right into blogging about stuff and never really told you anything about the guy behind the keyboard.
Therefore, this week I’m taking a step back and giving you the 411 on me, myself and I (Well maybe not that much detail, I do have a word limit).
I’m sure you’ve gathered by now the name’s Shane and I’m a second year English and American Studies student. I LOVE my course; my leaning tower of academia never seems to go down, but that’s what an English degree is all about: reading. I’m also very fortunate to be in the position of applying for a year abroad at the moment, so hopefully this time next year I will be studying at a University on the other side of the Atlantic. My top five choices at the moment are:
- University of Arizona, Tucson
- College of New Jersey, Ewing
- University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- Middlebury College, Vermont
- William & Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia
However, these are subject to change. As I’ve never been to America before, I’d love to hear from people who have visited any of these states and what they thought of their experiences!
This year I’m juggling my degree with this blog, being part of the English committee, volunteering, gyming/running, and trying to have a life! I also intend to try and get involved with both Impact (the Uni magazine) and the New Theatre; there are so many awesome opportunities available at University that you’ll probably never get the chance to do ever again, I just want to try them all!
I also would love to be part of a sports team, however I ticked that box last year by being part of Nottingham’s swim team. This year swimming is taking a backseat to other activities because I’ve been doing it for almost ten years now and want to try other things (wow, sounds like I’m breaking up with the sport … I just need some time #itsnotyouitsme #nahitsyou).
So thats kinda me in a nutshell. Oh, I come from a town near Bristol (farmer land) but was born and raised in Zimbabwe, so if you ever meet me that’s what my weird twang of an accent is about 🙂
Hi Shane, I was an academic in NJ, not far from Ewing – to be honest I’d not put it at the top of your list…especially if you won’t have a car! I think Virginia, Vermont, and Arizona would all be great fun.
Hi r, thanks for your perspective! I am hesitant about Ewing anyway because its so small (approx 6000 students I think), whereas I think I would prefer a big American University experience, somewhere like Arizona.
Each university, because they are all in very different regions of the country, will be completely different. I would investigate the surrounding areas of each uni and think about if you have any goals of certain places to visit or things to do while in the US. That may help narrow it down.
Yes, me and my friend who is also doing the year abroad today were talking about this. After some research we’ve discovered some of the Uni’s are isolated in the middle of nowhere, and we would prefer to have a town/city near by to explore as well. Doing more research this week before our next meeting. Great advice, thanks!