Shona Beattie is a first year student and is a Lockerbie Scholar from Lockerbie, Scotland.
Each year two students from Lockerbie, Scotland are selected to study in Syracuse for a year and represent the Lockerbie 11, and SU’s commitment to Remembrance.
On campus for only a few months so far, Shona is already involved with a running club and Freedom by Design. In class, she’s studying scuba diving, figure sculpture, architectural drawing for non-majors, foundations of human behavior, world cultures and Chinese.
Hi guys! My name is Shona Beattie and I’m a freshman student from Scotland, studying here at SU for a year as a Lockerbie Scholar along with Sian, who you got to meet last week. For anyone who didn’t know, every year 35 SU students and 2 students from Lockerbie are selected to represent the Pan Am 103 air disaster, the 270 lives lost and the motto of ‘Look Back Act forward’, due to the fact that 35 of those lives were SU Abroad students and 11 were residents of Lockerbie . I grew up on a dairy farm just outside the town – which Sian and I estimate is no bigger than campus – which goes to show how crazy it is for us to get the opportunity to fly across the pond to a place like Syracuse. I’ve been loving it here, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. So to start off the week, here’s a post from the start of our adventure – our time in London, making the most of the fact that we had to travel there to get our visas. While we were there we had the chance to visit Faraday House, home of the SU London Campus, as well as have lunch with a couple of the professors there. If you ever study there I’d recommend paying a visit to a place called Giraffe! Looking forward to spending the week with you all – SB ☺️
What is your favorite thing about SU?
My favorite thing about SU would have to be the people. Even in my 6 short weeks here I’ve met so many great friends from so many different places. Everyone makes you feel so at home and becomes like a second family so quickly – which makes the experiences and memories you share even better.
If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about SU, what it would be?
Don’t be afraid to throw yourself into opportunities and push out of your comfort zone, because what have you got to lose compared to the amazing experiences you could have and the great people you could meet?
What does it mean to you to be a Lockerbie Scholar and to be here in Syracuse?
From the first moment that I knew I was coming to Syracuse, it meant a lot to me to be part of something so meaningful and to represent Lockerbie, its loss and its link with SU. However, it wasn’t until I arrived in Syracuse and began to settle in that I realized quite how life changing an experience I was in for. Now a quarter of the way through the shortest year of my life, I have got to know some truly amazing people – starting with the victims and their stories. The Remembrance Scholars, advisors, friends and relatives of the victims and many many more have welcomed us and provided an example of strength, remembrance and unity which has given me a new understanding of Remembrance Week and of the air disaster, and given it a meaning which I would never have been able to understand from wee Lockerbie. Being a Remembrance or Lockerbie Scholar is something that is with you for life, and I will forever be grateful that I have had the chance to be a part of it and honored that someone believed I was up to the task of embodying the spirit of those lost and doing their dreams justice by acting forward in their memory.
Happy Halloween! 🎃 A good way to get free decorations and have some fun is to participate in residence hall activities organised by the RAs – my roommate and I painted these mini pumpkins in Sadler. Traditionally in Scotland and Ireland it was turnips that were used for lanterns before pumpkins were introduced – even when my parents were young people struggled to get hold of pumpkins – but now we’ve all embraced the American tradition. – SB #SyracuseU
Starting off November with a beautiful day ☀️ The quad always seems to be a nice place to sit, relax and people watch if you’re not rushing through on your way to class, and to me it’s the heart of campus. The Syracuse fall hasn’t disappointed either, I’m definitely going to miss the colours back in grey Scotland next year! 🍂 – SB #SyracuseU
This weekend was family weekend, and my family made the most of an excuse for a holiday to New York! After showing them campus we made the 2 and a half hour trip to Niagara Falls, and they got the chance to experience some more of the attractions of Upstate New York and the setting of Syracuse. I forgot to bring my passport so we only got to see the American side, but it was still stunning – SB 🌊👨👩👧👦 #SyracuseU
This is a picture from Walnut Place on my walk to work. Sian and I are both receptionists at @suabroad, so we get to hear about all the cool places people are heading. There is somewhere for everyone, with 8 Syracuse University centres abroad and over 60 world partner programmes. Feel free to pop in if you want to know more! Hearing about all the exotic places, as well as the picturesque walks make the early mornings worth it. – SB 🌍✈️#SyracuseU
Introducing the @surunningclub🏃There are tons of clubs to get involved in on campus and its great to be part of something. For me it always helps to run with others, and joining a club is also a great way to meet new people. Come along to practice Monday Wednesday and Thursday at 5.30 or on Tuesday at 7. This picture is of the team at regionals last weekend🥇- SB #SyracuseU
The Hall of Languages is too pretty for me to have resisted posting 😍 I remember seeing it in pictures from way before I’d even applied to Syracuse, and when I finally got to see it in real life it still took my breath away. The wall of remembrance is also right in front of this building, where the names of the 35 Syracuse students killed on Pan Am Flight 103 are displayed, so it’s a pretty special place – SB #SyracuseU
An assignment for one of my classes is to draw a section of Carnegie Library, which was a great excuse to explore the beautiful building. The surroundings and the peace and quiet also make it a great place to be productive. As Lockerbie scholars the credits we get here aren’t really counted into our degrees at home, which means we get the chance to sample a lot of cool classes SU has to offer. A few that I’m taking this semester are scuba, figure sculpture and Chinese. This assignment was from my architectural drawing for non majors class, which is one of my favourites as I’m hoping to study architecture next year – SB #SyracuseU @syracuseulib 🖊️📐
I can’t believe it’s already been a week since the Rose Laying Ceremony – one of the traditions of Remembrance Week, where all the scholars lay a rose and pay respects to the victim of Pan Am 103 whom they are representing 🕊️ I don’t think any of us were truly prepared for the emotions involved, but it was a really special day – and for all of us although the hecticness of Remembrance Week is over, it will always be close to our hearts. The week made me even more grateful for being here, the opportunities I’ve had and the amazing people I’ve met along the way. If you didn’t make it this time I’d definitely recommend going along next year, because I can’t do it justice with words – SB #suremembrance2016 #SyracuseU @suremembrance
Today I’m in NYC thanks to the honors program, who offered up a free day trip and organised buses to the city. This morning we all spent some time at either the Guggenheim or the Met, and the afternoon is free for us to explore. I chose the Guggenheim museum, as you can maybe guess from the picture. This trip is one of the many benefits of being part of the honors community at SU. – SB #SyracuseU 🍎
Rock the Dome on Friday was so good 😍 The 1975 (pictured) , Oh Wonder and 070 Shake came to Syracuse for the concert organized by @universityunion – one of the largest student organizations on campus. Thanks to them we have events like Juice Jam, Mayfest and also things like film screenings and speakers, so look out for more great events. – SB #SyracuseU
Signing out with the clocks an hour back and winter creeping up on us☃️ Remembrance Week was such a special experience, and now I’m looking forward to embodying the spirit of ‘Look Back Act Forward’ and making the most of my year! It’s been great sharing with you the start of this through some of the things I love about Syracuse and thanks for spending the week with me. Goodnight! – SB #SyracuseU