While I am in Europe, I may not be able to respond as quickly as I normally do! Luckily, with today’s technology, it will be fairly easy to keep in touch with everyone! This blog is going to be a great way to let everyone know what I am up to! I will make my normal blog posts along with pictures, and maybe some video posts as well!
Another way I would love to keep in touch with everyone is via skype! My skype account name is TheAwesomeHollands…..super creative, I know! Hopefully we will have a good connection on campus so I can skype quite often. I will be 6 hours ahead of Central time so keep that in mind!
Having an iPhone is pretty fantastic! For all you other iPhone users, I can iMessage you for free! (iMessages are the blue text messages that you send to other iPhone users) Since iMessages is actually over the internet opposed to text messaging, when I am on wifi I can “text.” I may not always be able to respond right away since I have to be on wifi to receive the texts, but it is still a great way to keep in touch!
When I first saw the expected cost of my trip I could hardly keep my mouth from hanging open! The estimated cost for the semester was almost 4 times what I spend for a regular semester. The first thought in my mind was “Bryan is going to kill me” haha 🙂 (Bryan being my husband) When I brought home the estimate I was pleasantly surprised that Bryan was okay with it. Now I am not saying he was excited to spend possibly four times the normal price of a semester, but he knew that it would be worth it in the long run when I have future job interviews. After getting the estimate, I had to come up with a plan to be able to afford this semester. The total including program fees, tuition, room and board, food, passport/visa, and travel expenses. My plan of attack was to try for as many scholarships as I could!
I filled out numerous scholarship applications and wrote many essays and in the end it paid off! One day, I started getting emails saying I received campus scholarships as well as a study abroad grant! My big scholarship that I applied for that I was really hoping to get was the Bengamin A. Gilman Scholarship. This scholarship is for students who will be receiving or received a pell grant when applying for the scholarship. Luckily, I fall into that category, so I was able to apply. I spent a LOT of time working on my essays and utilized my campus writing center to make sure it was the best that it could be. In the end, it paid off and I received a scholarship! I cannot put into words how excited and grateful I was when I found out.
Another excited development with student teaching was that I would be able to have all meals on campus for free, and that I would be able to live on campus for no charge in exchange of holding RA type duties! When I found that out, I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders! With my scholarships and grant, I am able to pay for my program fees and UWS tuition. Over the summer, I have been work two summer jobs to try and cover the rest of the expenses such as air fair, passport, Visa (which was a shocking $500), and other travel expenses while I am abroad. I will be gone for three months, so I need quite a bit.
Overall, I cannot complain about the cost of going abroad. Had I not tried for any scholarship, I don’t know if I would have been able to afford my trip. Thanks to the Gilman as well as the UWS scholarships, I am able to teach abroad and gain experience that I would not be able to receive in any other situation.
Back in January I submitted my application to Educators Abroad to student teach in Europe. It was a daunting task since I was required to put the top three counties I would like to go to. This part was the HARDEST! It would have been much easier if I could pick the city instead of country but oh well, I managed! I ended up applying for Germany, England, and the Netherlands…in that order. On February 26th, I found out that I would be going to the Royal Wolverhampton School in Wolverhampton, England! As soon as I found out, I was on the phone with family and friends to tell them the good news.
Once I knew where I would be going, I started doing my online research. It turns out, the school is a boarding school and I had to wait for further information to find out if I would be able to live on campus! The school also offers a wide range of extra curricular activities and I hope I have the chance to help out in that area. I really want to try a little bit of everything so I can get the most of this experience as possible. Overall I am so excited to get to England and start my student teaching placement!
Hello and Welcome! I wanted to start a blog for my trip student teaching in England this fall. I thought it would be a great way to let everyone know what I am up to while I am gone. I hope to post pictures, write about life in England, and who knows what else! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂