2018 Spring Rebecca Roman Temple Exchange UEA

Fun in the Sun: A Nationwide Event

April 15th, 2018

The past six days have offered the most beautiful weather since I arrived to England. The sun was out with not a trace of clouds, and there was a nice cool breeze to accompany the mid-70s temperatures. The entire university could finally take advantage of the beautiful grassy fields that lie between the lake and the ziggurats– and take advantage we did! No longer were the terraces scattered in seagull feathers. Instead, they were scattered with uni students. My flatmates and I, always unsure of when we will see the sun again, were determined not to waste a moment of the beautiful opportunity the skies gave us. Some of us even left the grass with sunburn on our shoulders! To culminate these days of soaking up the sun, we reserved a grill by the lake and had ourselves a flat-wide barbecue, with each flatmate contributing an equal amount to the expenses. We laughed, we sang, and the Americans in the group showed our international friends how to make and eat s’mores (the instructions were essentially telling them that there’s no way to avoid a mess!).

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It was a bit of a trek from our flat but was totally worth it to be at the end of the lake with a view like this.

It was the perfect end to a beautiful week, and it was afterwards that I felt incredibly sad knowing that I will be so heartbroken to leave behind the small family that we all so lovingly cultivated here. Even sadder is that I’m not so sure all of us will be in the same place ever again after this semester. However, this realization has only made my resolve to make the most of my final months here even stronger. At the beginning of this semester, I promised myself that I would push myself to do all of the things I set out to do, whether it be going on a certain trip in England or pushing myself into situations outside of my comfort zone. I’m proud to say that I have kept to these promises. I am still far from the end of my time here in England, and there is so much more to be done– with new challenges arising as the conclusion of my modules draw nearer.

So on that note, I’m excited for whatever new challenges and exciting experiences this next month and a half holds for me. Until next time, it’s time to get back to work on the classwork I neglected while sitting in the sun!

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