Moving to Scotland: 6 months in review

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Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018!

This past year has been an absolute whirlwind. I haven’t written for SpotTheRedhead in so long because I have been living an adventure here in Edinburgh, Scotland!

I came home from my Europe backpacking trek feeling fully independent and different from my former self.

So, when I had to settle into my childhood bedroom and into a routine for my new social media job, I felt heavy tension. It felt like I was taking two steps back from all of the progress I had made the previous few months.

Out of all 13 countries that I visited, I knew that loved Scotland with all of my heart. I was determined to make it my home.

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I had always toyed around with the idea of getting my master’s degree, and it felt like fate that I found an amazing MSc Creative Advertising course in Edinburgh.

Within three months I applied to 3 schools in the UK, packed up my room, said goodbye to my friends and family, and put in my notice that I was quitting the job that made me stressed and sad.

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Hello Edinburgh! The moment I stepped off the train with all of my luggage in hand.

It has been such a learning curve these last 6 months trying to adjust to a new life, but I feel like I am getting the hang of it. I had to learn a new city and bus system, a new UK phone number, had to listen harder to understand everyone’s lovely accents, and more.

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I experienced snow for the first time here in the UK and I’m happy that I spent my first snow day with my best friend in Oxford.

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My master’s program has been hard work but it was the best decision I have ever made. I refunded my fully paid admission to Falmouth University in England and skipped town to become a Napier Student instead. I haven’t regretted it a single day.

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My lecturers give such quality help and we work on live briefs from real agencies in Edinburgh. I’ve worked on ads for Famous Grouse Whisky, Uber, Adidas, Scottish Arts-in-Health agencies, Baxter’s Soup, Giff Gaff phone service, Museum on the Mound, and so much more. I’ve even won class competitions for my work.

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My classmates are a rag-tag bunch of amazing creatives and I am so lucky to have crossed their paths. There are illustrators, art directors, other copywriters, social media managers, PR people, and sociologists all with a similar desire to make positive changes in society through advertising.

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As for the men, which I know my best friends are reading on here to hear sweet sweet details, I will just say that I have met many a handsome scot, but none have swept me off my feet yet! There are some cultural differences, but I’ve had tons of fun dating!

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I can’t believe that I have been here for about 6 months and I have 11 months left. Life is flying by so fast and am so grateful to have made a wee home here.

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The rest of this year is full of uncertainty and hard work, and I hope it passes slowly. I am having the time of my life working on real advertising briefs and entering major ad competitions.

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In the next three months, I will be entering 6 or 7 major competitions, starting a couple of internships, looking for a new apartment, starting a major job here, and possibly moving to London or back to NY!

I’m on a fast-moving train now, so let’s see what happens!

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Have you ever moved across the world to pursue your dreams? What was your experience like? Do you have any sage advice for me? Let me know in the comments!

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