I am Holly, an undergraduate Computing student from Bellevue, Washington. I was born in California but have spent most of my life in Washington. If you know anything about Washington, I pretty much fit the stereotype. Rain, hippies, and Starbucks run the state. The Seahawks are the best American football team, and we will win the Super Bowl again one day.
I grew up with English parents; I am a first-generation American. I had a dream to come back to, as I call it, the 'mother land' to experience living in my second culture. Thinking back now, it makes me laugh that I once claimed so passionately and with such determination that I was English and not very American. That is far from the truth: I am definitely an American, but instead of denying it, as I once did, I love it. Moving from America has opened my eyes to how different, but special both countries are.
Part of the reason why I wanted to go to school in England was the possibility of travel. The diversity of the countries nearby is immense, so just traveling an hour or two will bring you somewhere totally new. I've been to Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland, Oslo and Bergen in Norway, and Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye in Scotland.