I am entering my final week in the Lancaster University International Summer Programme. While I am excited to take a break, this class has been so incredibly informative and I have met some amazing people. When I first arrived, I did not have a single clue as to what to expect out of this course, but as it is coming to a close, I could not be more grateful for this experience. As a political science and biology major, history, literature, art, and linguistics are almost never studied, and if they are touched upon it is only briefly. However, with this course, we have covered topics ranging from Romantic poetry, to current British linguistic differences, to the conditions of the working class in Industrial England, to the Great War, and even the Beatles. We have visited the Lake District, the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, the Quarry Bank Mill, and are taking a Beatles tour in Liverpool for our final trip. Without this class, I feel I would have missed out of this unique experience. Learning the local history of Lancaster has been such a magnificent opportunity!
While it is sad that this class is coming to an end, I am looking forward to traveling for the next two weeks! It will be a wonderful break before the excitement of fall term. I have been placed in Bowland College with some of the other international students I have met here and I cannot wait to officially begin the fall term (but only after I have traveled the rest of Europe)! Cheers!