Oh wait, I'm a Student!

Oh wait, I'm a Student!

October 31, 2010

Let's talk about school, followers, that other thing that I do following travel, sight-see, pub crawl, and work. I go to school!

But really, I will give classes at CAPA quite a bit of credit. For all of the distractions that I encounter every day (such as those named above), when it does come time to focus on school it is never boring. TWC partners with an international education group called CAPA and they act as our home base in London. The CAPA headquarters are where we take classes in London, get advising for academics and our internships, and just have a general place to go for help if we have any questions about city life.

TWC students are set up to take two different classes, we have a special curriculum that is set up between CAPA and TWC. Our classes are also separate from the rest of the CAPA students that come from different universities or through different programs. We also arrive about two weeks before most of the other CAPA students, and thus, leave London before them as well. In this case, we will be home just in time for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of which, (Digression Alert!) I would like to stop and give a small mention to the wonderful cooking of my flat-mates. In an attempt to maintain our family bond, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. Coming around the second Monday of October, our sole Canadian was missing this time-honored tradition of his homeland. So we set up our own and held it in the boys' flat upstairs. For those of you who are unsure, Canadian Thanksgiving food is the same as that of American Thanksgiving (cough-copy cats!-cough) and of course, mighty tasty. What better way to interrupt what should be a night of school work than by cooking a feast complete with chicken, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, apple bake, and a few bottles of wine? I can't think of one.

 

There I go again, getting sidetracked from class. This post was about class wasn't it? Right. The title is telling me this is so. But if I'm going to be honest, I spend a lot of time feeling like I am not in school over here in London (I'm sure you're now thinking, "No! Really?") But that's not to say that I don't work hard or feel like I'm learning. I am one of those weirdos that actually does the reading for class even when it's not going to be on the exam. I enjoy spending time learning about history and art and politics. And that's what has made me feel like I'm not in my normal "fulfill your gen-ed requirements" kind of courses. Classes are mostly discussion based but thankfully supplemented with interesting lectures to get the wheels turning. I have two, one titled "London Through Internships" that discusses problems in the current UK workforce compared with American trends and issues. "London & Britain: Exhibiting the City" focuses more on major historical periods of modern and post-modern London, delving into history, art, and current events. Given that these are all things I have a great deal of interest in, you can see how I would forget that they are things I "have" to do. Back up these lectures with organized walking tours of the city and visits to museums and I dare anyone not to have the same problem. I'll put out this warning then, that if you can't stand to learn about other cultures, the history behind one of the world's oldest cities, or the art, architecture, and events that exemplify them - London is not for you. Because with the help of the friendly and engaging CAPA faculty and staff you'll be able to find history everywhere, blurring the lines between learning and living.

 

"Even in here? History - where is it?"

Keep looking, you'll find it.

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