Our dear Shannon’s departure from UCEAP may have left a hole in our hearts the size of a Highland coo’, but alas, we are excited to welcome the newest addition to the UCEAP UKI team, Bryn! Bryn is the new ESC Intern and we are so excited to have her. Read her Q & A to get to know Bryn a bit better, because you’ll be seeing a lot of her from now on!
- Could you introduce yourself?
Hello everyone! My name is Bryn Lemon and I’ve just begun my first term as the UCEAP Programme Intern. Though the weather will take some readjusting to, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Edinburgh where I spent the 2015-2016 academic year studying. I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in English Literature where I served as a tour guide within the admissions department and as a Global Intern for the EAP office. Even after a year in Scotland I am still adjusting to the wind and find myself utterly incapable of imitating a Scottish accent much to the disappointment of my friends and family in California.
- What was one of your favourite memories from your time studying abroad?
One of my favourite memories from studying in Edinburgh last year is of a sunrise hike that I took up to Arthur Seat (the extinct volcano that forms the basis of Edinburgh’s city) at 5am over summer. Watching the sun rise over the sea and over the city that I was about to leave was absolutely stunning and it’s an image I think back to frequently. I look forward to more of Edinburgh’s sunrises in the near future!
- How has studying abroad impacted your life for the better?
Since studying abroad I feel I have gotten a far broader understanding of global politics and a more diverse perspective about American customs that I previously took for granted and didn’t necessarily analyse. I feel that it has widened my personal and professional network tenfold and given me some absolutely amazing memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
- What advice would you give to students who are considering studying abroad?
I would say that the best piece of advice I received when it came to studying abroad was to attend a year-long program if possible. It can seem like a long time to be away from home but it really makes the country you are staying in feel like home as opposed to a place you are temporarily visiting.
- What does your position at the ESC entail?
My position with the Edinburgh Study Centre is to maintain the UK and Ireland social media content and ensure that we are reaching as many students as possible in order to reflect and bolster their experiences while abroad. I also serve as a point of contact for incoming students to help them adjust to their new environment. This entails the running of orientations as well as UCEAP run events to both welcome them to Scotland and allow them to meet other UC students.
- Why did you apply for this position? What do you hope to gain in your year in Edinburgh?
I applied for this position because I absolutely fell in love with Edinburgh during my year abroad here. I really felt at home here and was eager to take the opportunity to move back for a year. I would also love to work for UCSB and UCEAP in the future so this position seemed like a great basis of experience in University Human Resources and helping to craft student experiences while abroad.
- What will you miss most about California?
I will miss my younger sister the most; she is in her sophomore year at UCSB and we were able to spend one quarter there together this past year. I couldn’t be more proud of how well she’s adapted to university and I will miss watching her blossom!
- List one interesting or unexpected fact about yourself!
I was a child actress until the age of twelve and have been an avid knitter for about 14 years.