Communication, Theatre and History students embarked on the second Study Abroad trip to England. Many of the students who participated in this year’s trip were first time participants.
During the trip, students lived in London while participating in a number of activities involving Communication, History and Theatre. Some of these activities included trips to the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Churchill War Rooms, watching West End Shows such as War Horse, We Will Rock You and Wicked, participating in a master class at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and touring the Olympic Stadium where the 2012 Olympics will be held. The Communication students also attended graduate student Ann O’Connor’s presentation at the House of Lords and embarked on day trips to Stonehenge, Bath, York and Dublin, Ireland.
All of the students on the trip agree that the trip was a success. There were a few students who were returning for their second trip such as undergraduate student Kaci Davis who attended the trip to study History with Dr. Saucier. Davis believed that this year’s trip had both its weak points and strong points compared to the trip last year.
“This time we had our own private showers and toilets which was nice,” says Davis “but it was also louder where we stayed and we were more secluded from one another because of the apartments being locked.”
Davis also commented that the weather was different this time around. She said that although the weather was hotter this year because London was going through a heat wave, it rained less this year than it did last year.
All of the first time attendees enjoyed the experience also. Stephanie Katz who studied both Theatre and Communication enjoyed her first Study Abroad experience. When asked what she enjoyed about the trip, she immediately said “I love, love, love the theatre. I could easily have gone to a show every night. Plus hanging at the stage door, talking to the actors and getting autographs was so cool.”
Many of the students agree that if given the chance they would return to London next year for Study Abroad or on their own when they get the chance. Katz is determined to return and is already preparing for next year’s trip. “I’m already saving for next year. It would take some major disaster or an act of God to prevent me from going,” says Katz. “I fell in love with England.”