Friday, September 3, 2010

In American airports you wait on lines, but in the UK you wait on the queue.

I have never really had to blog before, but I'm going to give it my best shot. I have never left the country either yet here I am now at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. My name is Laura Ciaccio and I'm a junior at Stony Brook with a health science major and minor in music. I'm hoping to go to school to be a Physicians Assistant and I always thought because of all the sciences I would not be able to go abroad but sure enough it worked out.

This morning in out general orientation I was thinking of how I could describe the crazy past 48hrs with out writing a novel. I figure since I make lists for everything, a list of things I've found out so far would do.

-No matter how many times I've reminded my self cars and traffic patterns are different, I still almost got in on the drivers side of the car.

-Food courts do no exist on campus but there are a ton of grocery shops and kitchens.

-What the students here consider expensive for food seems cheap compared to the US.

-The sussex campus is actually in the shape of a cat.

-Most dorms here are singles which is a far cry from being doubled or tripled (people here have never even fathomed that)

-RA's here are graduate students or older unlike at Stony.

-Many words are spelled differently, said differently or have a new meaning.
Ex: -Color is spelled colour
- A line is a queue (you queue up instead of line up)
- You don't rent items you hire them
- Thanks is cheers
- Antisocial means destructive or disruptive.

-It's actually difficult to understand some people due to their accents.

-The trains and buses are very clean and the announcements are very polite.

-Every where you look everything seems so quant and proper.


  1. I really want to go here next semester (for anthropology)
    I'm interested to see how you like it!

    (Junior/Senior at Stony Brook)

  2. You should defiantly apply. Almost all of the students I've met from Europe are anthropology majors so you would fit in really easily! contact me if you want to know anything.

  3. Hi,

    I got accepted to study at Sussex next semester. I was wondering if you went as a group of students from Stony Brook, or just by yourself.
    For reference, I actually go to Binghamton, and I'm a sophomore studying Business.

    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!