“You must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands.” – Lydia Bennet, Pride & Prejudice
If all goes according to plan, this time next year I’ll be moved into my new dorm at the University of Sussex. See, this past weekend was move-in for students at the University of Sussex, which marks the time for me to get ridiculously excited.
For me, though, move-in will occur in early September. From there I’ll take one 3-week course before moving on the the fall semester starting in October. I’m already spending way too much time poring over the Sussex website trying to decide which classes to take. While I often chastise myself for not choosing to go to Egypt to practice my Arabic, for me going to England feels right.
I’m a self professed anglophile, but that’s not the only thing that draws me to Brighton. The school looks fantastic; the location splendid; and the atmosphere perfect. One of the great things is that I’ll be able to get out of the city. As much as I love DC, I kind of miss grass, trees, wind, color, silence… The other day I had the urge to run around in a field and then climb a tree. You really can’t do that here without crossing state lines. Oh, hey – that’s actually in my weekend plans for once.
One of the other many draws of Sussex is that it’s in the UK. I’ve travelled so little in my life that being only an hour from London means I’ll be able to hop over to mainland Europe fairly easily. I’ve already started my list of places to see, most of which are cliched. But that won’t stop me from going anyway.
Aaaaaaaaaaah, the accents. Swoon.