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Studying Abroad in London by Kristin Brig

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 25 February 2014 | 10:40 am
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Road going down to the Royal Avenue in Bath

As I sit on my bed, looking out the window at red double-decker buses passing by and having just come back from an illuminating discussion with one of my British professors on Jane Austen’s clergy, I can’t think of one good way to sum up how great my experience here in London has been and how I can thank the people who helped me get here. I lived on St. Philip’s Street in Charleston last term, but living on Gower Street in London has a different tone completely. When I hear drunken students go by at night, they have British, Indian, Italian, French accents. When I walk out the door of my flat, I smell curry and fish ‘n’ chips mixed together while looking up at the white-stone anatomy building that is both modern and nineteenth-century at the same time.

Anyone who tells you that Britain is not a different culture is fooling you, especially concerning London.

I am a history major at the College of Charleston who is minoring in British Studies, so London seems an obvious choice in which to study abroad. When I realized that affiliate programs existed outside of merely College of Charleston programs, though, I felt a little overwhelmed by the numerous universities vying for my attention.

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Inside Canterbury Cathedral

But you know what’s great about the College of Charleston? Our college is small enough to have close professor-student interaction, and that interaction ended up being one of the most important factors in my choosing to study at University College London for this term, Spring 2014. Because of our small-college feel, I had the opportunity to do an independent study on class-consciousness and the Victorian working class with Dr. Jacob Steere-Williams, who would take time at the end of each session to teach me a little bit about London and British culture. Other professors in the British studies department instructed me in British culture as well, jumping to give me places to visit in Britain and advising in the best places to go in London.

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London Bridge

As I said, it’s difficult to sum up my amazing experience here in London. I’ve met so many people from different cultures, visited so many places, and learned so much from my lectures at university that one blog post simply won’t cut it. It goes beyond what we see on the BBC and what we get from movies and books. It’s being right at the bottom of Elizabeth Tower and looking up at Big Ben in real life, riding the Tube while listening your favorite British artist on your iPod, visiting the tomb of Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London. That’s what studying abroad is about, after all: experiencing different cultures face-to-face and breaking free of the hum-drum of American university life for a bit. Spend five months studying abroad, and you’ll understand how great it is.

 

The Spring 2014 E-Newsletter

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 3 February 2014 | 2:48 pm

14_hss_spring_newsletterGreetings and welcome to the latest edition of 2 Green Way, the HSS Newsletter! This issue highlights some of our spectacular alumni and how they have made a name for themselves in their respected fields. We also share stories that show the impact donations to the Dean’s fund have on our faculty and students. We feature noteworthy events that brought nationally recognized professionals to campus and we highlight upcoming events in hopes that you will join us.

We take pride in the fact that HSS is the core of the College’s liberal arts tradition and mission. Thanks to our outstanding alumni, students and faculty, it makes it easy to show-off the great things we do and demonstrates just how essential our HSS programs are to a liberal arts education. I hope you enjoy our spring issue.

Warm regards,
Dr. Jerold L. Hale
Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

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