A couple days ago I got an email confirming my classes for next semester. I told my mom the only way I would ever take a Shakespeare class was if it was in England. I had enough of the Americanized Shakespeare and wanted to be able to see the sights for myself while studying him. This class was one I did not have to take for my major; I could substitute it for a different one. However, I felt I would add to my reading experience. After all, not many Americans can say they studied Shakespeare in England. Maybe that’s just the geeky English major in me, but I’m actually really excited.
My other class is British Novels in the 20th Century. I’m excited to finally get to read 1984 and Casino Royale for this one. In the description it also says we’ll be visiting art exhibits as they are available, so fingers crossed.
There are two things about our program I wish I had been able to change. Those being able to take classes with the rest of the England students and being able to take a history class.
One of the reasons I decided to study abroad was so I could meet people all over the world and I think that is true for most people. However, this particular program has separated courses for international students and for national students. We were told this is because there are so many people coming from the United States that they can afford to do this and then it can be taught better to us because we have a different background.
Regardless, I am hoping to go to different things going on at the University and meet some of the students that live in England. While filling out the housing application I checked that I wanted to live with other international students that are not from my home campus.
I would really want to learn how British schools teach things like the Boston Tea party and the colonizing of America. History is one of the subjects that has so many different perspectives, which means it is taught differently in different parts of the world. Especially for wars because there is two sides of each war and two sides of thinking.