HAVING been living in Moscow, Idaho, for three months now, I have settled into life at the University of Idaho extremely well.
The transition was a little bumpy to begin with, however.
As awesome as pizza and burgers every day seems, you soon miss the small things like a good home-cooked dinner!
However, I am happily and quite successfully studying classes in physiology, psychology, and anthropology and community development, allowing me to give a little something back to Moscow, Idaho.
I am also gaining credits in step aerobics at the delightful hour of 8.30am – it does mean I leave the first footprints in the snow, though.
I am currently in the process of choosing my classes for next semester with emphasis in physiology, health and the built environment. And I’ve also been asked to assist with the teaching of a third year biomechanics class, which I’m very much looking forward to.
The American lifestyle is very different with regards to food and sport but the traa-dy-liooar attitude here in Moscow is comforting and makes a Manx girl feel very much at home.
I have been welcomed with open arms by both the university and the Moscow community who remember many of the past Manx girls. It is a fantastic experience to be a part of the long-standing international friendship.
Moscow has even tried to embrace Isle of Man culture – Manx cheddar is imported and sold locally at the supermarket, WinCo!
While regularly visiting the local farmers’ market on a Saturday morning, I hear stories about the community and their interactions with previous scholars.
Having attended every football, volleyball and basketball game so far this season, I am fully embracing American life though I have to admit to not knowing what is actually happening in the football games the majority of the time, but the caramel apples are definitely worth it.
With a one-hour game lasting on average four hours it certainly isn’t football as we know it!
Being able to share my background with fellow international and American students alike has been an honour so far.
It is surprising how many people know ‘that’s where the cats with no tails come from’.
And in this cold weather, people often recognise me around campus as the one who is proudly wearing the Isle of Man TT jacket.
After showing some students clips of the races, the number of visitors may be likely to increase in June.
Being an ambassador for the Isle of Man and accepted so warmly into the tight-knit community here in Moscow, is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I hope to continue my efforts to do the Isle of Man and the past Ella Olesen scholars proud and putting the Isle of Man firmly on the map as a place which should be visited by all.