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About Ivy


ivy_small.jpgIvy Bergstrom was the first BSC student to enroll at Edge Hill University as part of the college's Study Abroad program. Read about her experience and travels in her Student Blog.  

How it Began


August 28, 2016

I was a freshman, and I had just finished my New Student Registration in the summer of 2015 when my mother and I decided to walk through the stations that advertised the different clubs, tutoring services, and other academic recourses. I was so eager to start school! It all seemed so interesting! I wanted to do it all! ...Continue Reading

There is so much to do, and so little time to do it

September 4, 2016
There are only seven days before I leave. I still have to make nuisance phone calls, organize bank things here and there, schedule in last minute appointments, and have lunch/coffee dates with everyone that I am going to miss....Continue Reading

It all Became Real When I Hugged Him Goodbye


September 4, 2016

I had been planning this excursion for a year, and at moments, it was the inspiration I needed to propel me through the woes of daily life. At other moments, it was a chore...Continue Reading

When we Hired a Car

September 12, 2016

We were not driving on the right side of the road! We were driving on the left, which is correct in England, but it was new and scary and chaotic. Thank God for car rental insurance! ...Continue Reading

When we Toured Manchester

September 18, 2016

When I was planning my flight to England, I invited my mother and step father to come spend a few days with me to enjoy Manchester before I moved into my dorm....Continue Reading

Friends, Food and Freshers Week

September 25, 2016

I just completed my first week of living on campus, and it has been interesting. This week is the week before classes start which is known as “Freshers Week.”...Continue Reading

Laundry Day


September 30, 2016

Thus far, I have generally enjoyed studying in another country and I still see it as the adventure of a lifetime. However, that zeal and inspiration has not merged with mundane tasks of life, such as laundry...Continue Reading

School Structure


October 9, 2016

The way school is done here is different, and quite frankly, I think I like the English school system better. Like any system, it has its disadvantages, but it honely parallels the usage of the metric measurements in the UK...Continue Reading



October 14, 2016

Ormskirk, in West Lancashire, is the cutest, little historical town, and it is just a brief stroll from Edge Hill University (EHU). If I do not feel like walking, I simply take the Edgelink, which is a bus that is free for EHU students...Continue Reading



October 19, 2016

I know I say this every time I go someplace new, but Edinburgh is definitely my favorite place that I have been thus far. It is breath-taking-beautiful, and if time allowed it, I would go back in a heartbeat...Continue Reading

Dorm Life


October 28, 2016
There are several sets of dorms on campus that have a variety of designs, ranging from minimalist to modern. I am staying in the back halls, the oldest and least expensive of all dorms, which also happens to be where most of the international students live...Continue Reading

THE HUB Study Club


October 29, 2016

This is no typical weekend night: it is the weekend to precede reading week, which is a fall break that is meant to be time off for students to work hard on their mid-term projects that are not due until the end of November...Continue Reading



November 13, 2016

Quite some time ago, around the first couple of weeks on campus, a cat showed up near the back halls, where I and most of the international students reside. She is obviously not a stray...Continue Reading


November 20, 2016

15139760_1407441865933102_1612492261_n.jpgIt is the beginning of the time of year when everyone starts to feel just a little bit homesick. We start making arrangements to the airports next month, and we start thinking of the sentimental things that accompany the holidays...Continue Reading

The Diminuendo of Amusement

November 27, 2016

Dumbledore.jpgThe past two weeks or so have been a gradual decrease in the travel adventures; adventures are still happening, they are just happening in a different way than before. In this coming week I have 2 large essays due, in two different classes: history and biological and cognitive psychology...Continue Reading

Female Travelers

December 4, 2016

FemaleTravelers.jpgThe one thing I promised to my family, my boyfriend, my friends, and my genius advisor who has guided me through every step of the studying abroad process, Dr. Amy Juhala, is that I would never travel alone and I have not...Continue Reading

The Most Wonderful Time

December 8, 2016

ManchesterChristmasMarket.jpgGrowing up in Bismarck, around Christmastime, I did a lot of caroling. The older I got, the more caroling I did. It started from just a weekend concert in Central Dakota Children's Choirs' third and fourth grade group...Continue Reading



I leave England in a week, and I return with mixed feelings. I have missed so many people, and I have missed out on so many things, but there is still something that makes me hate leaving...Continue Reading