Global Education at Its Best

This summer, several Honors College students studied abroad to visit sites most people only read about in literature and to fully experience the subjects they were studying.

Here's a glimpse of their travels.

Baylor in Oxford - by Brock Scheller
(Major: University Scholars & Great Texts; Honors Program)

I read, learned, and saw so very much during the five-week Baylor in Oxford program last summer, studying Arthurian myth with Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray and British philosophy with Dr. Scott Moore. Both courses were rich and meaningful, and each one treated its subject matter at a deep level and brought out the thoughts through discussion. This trip is at once very much Baylor you go with your friends and favorite professors. It is also very much Oxford. We lived at Christ Church, one of the university's largest colleges, and for a month we soaked up the special intellectual climate of the university that gave the world so many great thinkers.

The only way to enjoy England's great sites properly is to understand their historical and literary significance. Also, the literature takes on new life when you can visit the places and regions to which they are tied. Baylor in Oxford is an excellent way to do justice to both. On the program, we closely read the texts and brought them to life through the guidance of excellent professors and in-depth discussion with fellow students, with the historical and cultural background of England. It is one thing to read T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land but another thing entirely to walk through the City of London with Dr. Moore serving as literary and cultural guide. Who would not want to have Dr. Jeffrey's insight during an already enthralling morning at the Tower of London? When it comes to suits of armor, the man really knows what he is talking about. (I hear he is also pretty decent in Chaucer). For Dr. Murray's course one day, we had an engaging discussion on the significance of Stonehenge in Arthurian myth while sitting on the grass just feet away from the stones themselves! (Or meters away, for all you Brits and Anglophiles™) My more poetic fellow-students may chide me for my word choice but they would certainly share my sentiment when I say that the discussion at Stonehenge was really, really cool.

Like many students in the Honors College, I like books a little too much. England is a safe haven for book lovers and the lousiest secondhand bookshop in London transcends the finest American used bookstores. Also, you will not want to miss Blackwells, the famous bookstore in Oxford and the greatest bookstore I have ever visited. It is a magical place created just for nerds like myself. I can say with confidence that I have never beheld a finer bookstore in my entire life. Sometimes I still dream about it. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but trust me, it is worthwhile. I was not ready for the trip to end, but I had accumulated so many books that my luggage was full to bursting. Trust me; that is the best kind of problem to have.

One last word of advice: fries are chips; chips are crisps. Be careful about this. The potato is a major food group in England!

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