Mount student Jillian Torre is currently studying abroad in London, England for the spring 2013 semester.
One of my favorite things about living in London is its proximity to everywhere else in Europe. Where else in the world are there so many different cultures, all with their own unique history, sandwiched into such a small geographical space? I came here fully intent on seeing as many of the world’s greatest cities as possible, and blowing every last cent in the process. I quickly booked trips to Italy, Scotland, Paris, Greece, and Ireland. I didn’t expect the start of my travels to come so quickly, but sure enough, Venice has come and gone.
Guilty as charged. I apologize for not writing to all of you last week. It was a crazy one. I got home from Dublin on Monday and ran to my Shakespeare lecture on Richard II (it is not my favorite Shakespearean piece, but it is a perfect example of a history play). This week was paper week for me. I wrote two seven-page papers, and while I enjoyed writing them, it’s refreshing to have a little bit of a break to edit them before they are due in two weeks. I apologize, I am forgetting myself. Let me tell you about Dublin.
Since I last posted on the Knight Life blog, I have been on some pretty exciting adventures. During my first week at the University of Reading, I attended a lecture on Shakespeare presented by Professor Andrew Gurr, a Shakespearean expert, and my first series of seminars for my Romantics to Decadents Nineteenth Century Poetry class. The class structure is extremely different from life at the Mount, but I am quickly growing accustomed to listening in lecture and speaking during seminar. I have joined the newspaper staff at Reading and will be writing for their travel section while in the UK. In order to begin constructing my first set of thesis papers, I’ve already maxed out on library books taken out in one week. Currently, I am reading Hamlet with a nice cup of tea as I sit to write to you all.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a driven student, in possession of a wonderful opportunity, will embark on a glorious adventure (thank you, Miss Austen, for the help). My name is Stephanie Weaver and I am a junior studying English Literature at the Mount. Ever since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to study in England. I must admit, I waited at the mailbox on my eleventh birthday hoping that my letter from Hogwarts would arrive just like Mr. Potter’s did. Thanks to all the support that I have received from the Mount, my dream of studying in England is becoming a reality. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad in the United Kingdom.
Not only has studying abroad been a dream of mine since childhood, but there are many benefits to participating in a program of this magnitude. Primarily, studying abroad is a stepping stone toward achieving my goal of receiving my doctorate degree in English Literature. Through studying in England, I will have the opportunity to form contacts with individuals who can assist me with my application for the Fulbright Scholar Program. I will be able to learn about a culture that is surprisingly different from the life I live in the States.