Devan E.

Senior - Anthropology and Political Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Interests: Reading, tennis, politics, Netflix

Extra Curricular Activities: Senior VP of Undergraduate Anthropology Society (UAS) 2018-2019, UAS member

Red or Green? green

"If you stand for nothing Burr, what'll you fall for?"
— "Aaron Burr, Sir" from the musical Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda

Favorite Class: Human Evolution, UHON 121: Democracy and Dissent, UHON 302: Sex and Gender in Pop Culture

Favorite Bands: Paramore

Why Scotland?
I’ve always has an interest in UK history and Scotland’s rich history is one I hope to explore in particular.

What is the most important thing you’re taking aboard and why?
Practically speaking, a universal adapter because all my power cords will be different. I also want to bring a copy of my favorite book to read as a source of comfort.

What are you looking forward to most about studying abroad?
Pretty much everything.

If you could go back to and give your freshman self some advice, what would that be?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and leave your comfort zone.

Meet Devan E.

Jet Lag, New Homesickness, and Chile: My Re-Adjustment to Stateside Life

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Welcome to Albuquerque. I sigh with relief. After a long 24 hours of travel, I am finally home. The first thing I plan to do is sleep. For a long, long time. Aberdeen is seven hours ahead of Albuquerque, which is a lot, but not the worst time difference. Originally, I thought my jet lag […]

Essays, Exams, Presentations, Oh My!

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Exam week is upon us at the University of Aberdeen and I’m here to give you a little taste of academic culture in the UK. The week before exams, revision week, some classes will be held and others not depending on your professor. In general, at least in the politics department, there isn’t a lot […]

Edinburgh, Cullen Skink, and Catfish?

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Stark blackness greeted our boat as we slowly crept along the water. Periodic flashes of light revealed figures creeping along the makeshift banks, while shouts permeated the air. Why had I signed up for this again?  Last weekend I traveled to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is full of history, winding paths, steep hills, […]

International Education Week: Traveling to the Isle of Skye!

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Rain, Rain, Sunshine, Rain. The rain fell in misty waves, obscuring the tops of the hillside. A sense of ancient foreboding loomed. The ground gleamed with rain and mud, sloshing gently with each step forward. My legs strained with the effort until I finally reached the summit. The clouds finally parted, allowing the sun to […]

All the Food! A Scottish Sampler

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This week’s post will cover some Scottish staples. There’s a lot of Scottish culinary delights to try, here are some of the ones I’ve tried so far. Shortbread: Scottish shortbread is a must-try. It’s eaten for dessert or with tea. It is essentially a thick cookie with a buttery, yet not too sweet taste. These […]