Sunday, 17 October 2010

Why Can't Things Ever Be Easy?

Seriously, just once, just once in my life, I would like something to be simple.

I will apologise now because this post has nothing whatsoever to do with Weight Watchers. The only foodie thing I will say is that I've gone massively over this weekend on booze and food, but I've got til Friday to be extra good and make it up so I don't care.

Now, onto the business at hand. ARRRRRRGGGHHHH.

The official title of my course at the University of Kent is 'English and American Literature with an approved year abroad'. Pretty simple right? Wrong. Firstly there are destinations across Europe and America to choose from. As I have absolutely no interest at all in anything European, I counted myself out of that one pretty swiftly. So, America, then?

I'll say now that two years ago when I was deciding on universities, Kent would not have been my first choice. The only reason I put it as my first choice was because they were the only one to guarantee a year in the states. Don't get me wrong, I like the university and the course, but its too close to home and the fact that there are people here who I went to school with really grates on me. Fact of the matter is, I wanted to come to uni and never see anyone from school ever again unless I wanted to. Now I'm prone to bump into them on campus and whenever friends come to visit me they want to see the others as well. It bothers me a lot less now than it did last year, we even get on and socialise together now which is nice. But still. Uni is supposed to be a clean break. Which it wasn't.

I digressed. Sorry. Back to my point.

I chose Kent because I was guaranteed a year abroad. Now, lo and fucking behold, it does not appear to be that easy. I have to put up a 'financial guarantee', a letter from a bank or something along the lines that states I have X amount of money (it differs depending on which university in the states you want to go to) that will be sat in an account for the entire year and will be available should I need to be flown home due to illness. Basically they don't want British exchange students being a drain on the American tax-payer. Which I can understand.

The only problem is, the universities I'm interested in (Massachusetts at Amherst, Maryland and South Carolina) all want financial guarantees of approximately £10,000 (about $14,000). Which I absolutely do not have. Which nobody in my family has.

So there goes the America dream.

Sorry for the huge rant there guys, I just really needed to let it all out. I've decided, much to the dismay of everybody who knows me, that if America goes completely out of the window I'm going to start again. Different uni, different course. Something geared more towards History perhaps. We'll have to see.

In the meantime, I really should be working.

Lauren xxx

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