I might be quiet on the blog this week, because I’m spending a week touring the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews to help me in the final decision of choosing a place.
Today we went to look at the University of Glasgow. This was my first proper look at the city of Glasgow, let alone the university. Glasgow suffers from a reputation of experiencing high crime, high poverty and low standards of living. Although we only passed through the town center and the university, and didn’t go near some of the more deprived areas I believe to exist in the east end, I saw nothing to back up this reputation. Glasgow is a beautiful, simply laid out (so square-shaped!), vibrant city which I enjoyed visiting. We only breezed through, but I’d certainly like to make another visit one day. Or, who knows, possibly even live there.
The university itself was wonderful. Such an academic, lively hub. The architecture is awe-inspiring, with grand staircases climbing the walls, entire halls of pillars and exquisite ‘quadrangle’ courtyards. Every inch is steeped in deep history. I was enthused by talks I received on the English Literature course, and on the Arts faculty in general. However, I wasn’t largely impressed with the university library. Oh well.
I’m in Edinburgh now. Tomorrow I shall visit the University of Edinburgh, and on Friday it’s St. Andrews. Still completely undecided… I guess I shouldn’t complain at the choice!