My Letter To Scotland

The study abroad experience, whether it be for a month, a term, a year or a whole degree often leaves a lasting impression. Elizabeth Weinberg first studied abroad in the UK at a university in Scotland. Here is a poem that she wrote reflecting on her experiences there.  

I will miss you.

I will miss you,
For everything you have and have not given me.
For the chance to grow and the chance to deepen my curiosity
About new people and new places.
I will miss you,
For challenging my outlook on life
And what it means to be fully alive.
Taking new adventures and opportunities as
Chances to know myself better.

I will miss you,
For the wonderful people you’ve brought into my life
With new perspectives but
The same smiles behind beautiful eyes.

I will miss you,
For teaching me
That rainy days
Are no excuse to sit inside,
That it is liberating to dance in the rain.
Bad weather and bad experiences pass,
Much as good ones do, too.

I will miss you,
For challenging me to the point of tears while
Telling me to build a bigger heart and a greater mind
Than the ones I arrived with.
I will miss you,
For the countless nights I’ve felt at home here
Watching ‘Friends’ and eating too much chocolate.

I will miss you,
For the wisdom
You’ve shared through your ancient streets and towering cathedrals,
Placing in me a desire to leave behind a legacy as old as your history.
You remind me I, too, have a mark left to make.

I will miss you,
For your crowded pubs that have taught me it is ok to be young,
To enjoy it and celebrate it,
And to never let myself grow too old.
I will miss you,
For the laughs and smiles and
Those many moments that couldn’t be captured in snapshots.

And I will miss you,
For changing me
Wholly and completely.

I will miss you, Scotland,
For you have stolen my heart.

By: Elizabeth Weinberg  12/6/12

You can also read an interview with Elizabeth from May 2016 about her current studies at Victoria Univesity of Wellington in New Zealand.

MSc Cross-Cultural Psychology at VUW - Interview with Elizabeth Weinberg