By Rosalie Wain
Yesterday, a few international students and I ventured to Salem, Massachusetts for Halloween. It was awesome and so differentfrom anywhere else I’ve ever been.
I’m really glad that I chose to embark upon the six hour journey as it was great to see the differences that exist all over America, rather than remaining sheltered within the comfort of Union campus.
It almost makes me feel as though I should explore my own country more, as having spoken to a few American students here, there seems to be such a variety of places to visit within one country.
We stayed at a hotel in Boston and I really think it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, including London and Paris.
It offered the chance to check out schools for possible postgraduate work. It was really great to be able to look around and spend some time in a city that could potentially be home.
I think it’s a bit of a shame that there’s such hype over New York City, when there are plenty of other beautiful cities to explore in the United States.
I’d definitely encourage people to take Union up on the day trips they offer to cities and the wonderful study abroad opportunities we have.
it can be easy to remain on campus as it’s such a loving and comfortable atmosphere, but part of growing up is exploring and pushing comfort boundaries. When we all eventually (hopefully) graduate college, we won’t have a card that lets us go get food or unconditional central heating so I guess stepping out of comfort is just practice for the oh-so-scary future.
So if you can, hop on a bus armed with a friendly group, a change of clothes and a toothbrush and see where you end up.