Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Week One: Study Abroad

     Studying abroad in another country is one of the reasons that made my decision to come to Tyler so easy.  The spring semester's lecture series is all about understanding each department at Tyler to help make our decisions on what classes to take next year easier.  Opening this year's series with a study abroad session made the lecture both captivating and interesting to sit and listen to. 
     Ms. Susan Moore, a professor in painting and drawing spoke about studying abroad, specifically in Rome.  Just listening to the way Professor Moore described the experience of flying to another country to learn and experience a foreign culture was exciting.  There was a slide show along with the lecture that had photos showing the typical experience and places the students often traveled to visit.  The photos reminded me of being in the most beautiful, surreal museum in the world.  It was surprising to hear that many of the classes usually take the students outside to learn and draw.  That sounds nostalgic of how professors taught in the Ancient Roman era, when students gathered around a single professor in a courtyard while he/she lectured.  After her slide show, Ms. Moore had a student who previously studied to come share his experience. 
     James Dunn, a junior year student at Tyler talked about his experiences, and one thing specifically stood out. He mentioned that the walk from his residence to the classes was a thirty to forty-five minute walk.  That point especially made my interest in traveling abroad grow.  That walk would be a perfect opportunity to breath in the culture and atmosphere and would just be a calming experience.  I love walking everywhere and observing what is going on so that one point basically sold me to the idea of traveling to another country.  Overall, the lecture was well planned and made me more excited about (hopefully) traveling abroad one day in the future.

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