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The Learned List

To sum up many of the things I have learned here, I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order of importance): 1) Cash Yes, I already knew how to use an ATM machine. What I didn’t know until my time abroad is how much money I can spend without realizing it. I haven’t shopped much at all since I’ve been here in terms of clothes, but the little things add up; groceries, dinner out, taking a taxi or the occasional weekend trip, of course. Because it’s so much easier to use cash here, I’ve had to make far too many trips to the ATM than comfortable. Back home, I’d use my debit card most of the time, so changing to [...]

2013-12-20T14:25:04+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Final Countdown

Well, guys, it’s safe to say I’ve been dreaming…dreaming of home, precisely. I’m at the final countdown now with just eight days to go…Goodness, time really does fly. I’ll be sure to write a VERY lengthy post throughout the day I travel home (I’ve got long flights and layovers in between each). However, I’d like to turn my last week here into a sort of last challenge for myself this semester abroad. So, today, I’d like to share what I posted on Facebook this past week: Scotland, I’ll miss you. I’ve learned so much because of you. I’ve learned what it means to be independent and yet how small I am in comparison to how big the world is. However, [...]

2013-12-20T14:21:55+00:00 December 7th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|


Well, I went to London! I can now check that off my bucket list. I arrived late Thursday evening, when I met a family friend. I was in for the night, and didn’t explore London until the next day. When I woke Friday morning, I was ready to go and see the city. Although, Oxford Circus was perhaps the worst place to begin my day off. I have never felt so uncomfortable or bombarded by a city in my life. Walking out from the underground and into the open circle of shoving people, honking taxis and a total loss of direction, I was in shock. But thankfully, two girls from the program happened to be in London for the weekend [...]

2013-12-20T14:20:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|


I attended my first Rugby match yesterday, and let me tell you, it was the amazing. A few friends and I hopped on a train to go to Edinburgh. Scotland versus Japan seemed like a good game to attend, and a good game it was. Let me go ahead and admit to those of you who don’t know this about me: I don’t care for football (American football). Yeah, I know, that’s sort of a blasphemous thing to say since I’m from a Southern state…it’s the truth, though. I can count the total number of SMU games I’ve attended on just one hand. I apologize, SMU. It’s not that I don’t have school spirit, it’s simply the sport of football that [...]

2013-12-20T14:16:56+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Team Wills

I was thinking yesterday about some of the funniest things that have happened to me here. Although I could list more than just a few, I have come to understand and accept the fact that many of them come from my own misunderstandings. I am constantly reminded of one rather humorous incident… Very early on, I became observant of a fashion trend that I seemed to see almost everywhere ( I still do): “Wills” apparel. It seemed as if “Wills” was stamped on every t-shirt, sweatshirt and baseball cap parading through town. Because I’m in St Andrews – and perhaps because I’ve read a couple biographies on the royal couple – my mind immediately translated Wills to William. I thought, [...]

2013-12-20T14:14:58+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Coming full circle

An update from Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and an SMU alumna: It’s morning in Washington, D.C. I take a deep breath in through my nose, pause, and exhale. “Do you smell that?” I say to one of our students. There’s something different about the air here. They smile in agreement. Anyone near our group, especially fellow metro travelers, must be able to sense the excitement and anxiousness. The students’ energy levels are soaring and their eyes are bright with anticipation. This will be my third Hilltop on the Hill trip, and each time is more exciting and meaningful than the last. I went on the trip as an undergraduate [...]

2013-11-04T17:30:13+00:00 November 4th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Journalism during the Civil War

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass’s claim harmonizes with the exact phenomenon journalists felt during the Civil War. A sense of veracity and perseverance was instilled after this life-changing historical period. The Civil War was a trying time in America’s social and cultural history. We fought against those that were once a part of our country and experienced a war on our nation’s soil. The Civil War exhibit in the Newseum evidences that journalists certainly did face challenges when covering different events caused by the Civil War. The exhibit is arranged where [...]

2013-10-14T23:26:52+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Students get hands-on at Suture Clinic

An update from Alyssa Eubank, SMU News intern: They’re not doctors yet, but for the third year in a row 40 SMU students gathered in Dedman Life Science to learn the finer points of surgical stitching. Participants in the SMU Suture Clinic learned multiple types of sutures from an Army Reserve surgeon, including when and where to use specific sutures and how to apply them. The clinic is so popular, organizers had to create a waitlist. Kaplan offered the special clinic to Alpha Epsilon Delta members as a tool to better prepare pre-medical students for real-life situations in medical fields. The AED auctions off a Kaplan prep course during the clinic every year. Kaplan partnered with the Army to bring [...]

2013-10-09T10:54:30+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Suture Clinic, Dedman College|

Follow Up

As promised, I’m catching you all up to speed on my second class today and my week last week. Today’s course, "Unreformed Scotland: Older Scots Literature to 1560," was introduced by a rather delightful professor. I am also relieved to find that this course includes a final exam worth only 30% of my final grade, compared to the 50% in my other class… It’s also funny how this class is made up of almost all American students, minus two. I’m looking forward to reading old Scottish literature by some of the greats, including two of St. Andrews' very own: William Dunbar and Gavin Douglas. We’ll see how quickly I can catch on the original Scottish tongue, maybe add a little [...]

2013-12-20T14:11:25+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Catch Up

I’ve been playing catch up this past week in order to prepare for the first day of classes, which was today! I was excited to begin, simply because I need some semblance of a routine schedule to begin after nearly three weeks of none at all. But first, to get me in school mode, I attended a lecture a couple days ago titled “The Future of Universities.” Four academics related to the university made up the panel of speakers, including the principal herself, Louise Richardson.  Each of the four speakers discussed at least one important issue facing the future of tertiary education. I found the lecture quite interesting, particularly one segment that discussed the war between the humanities and the sciences. [...]

2013-12-20T14:08:56+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|
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