Across the Pond

Originally posted: November 6, 2011

On August 27, 15 Hendrix students bade their parents teary farewells at airports and boarded the 10-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean, both eager and scared about living so many miles away from home.

Jetlagged, we arrived the next morning to our flats at Bedford Place. We were hungry, in dire need of a shower, and exhausted, but Dr. Rod Miller (Hendrix College art history professor and 2011 Hendrix-in-London faculty supervisor) had warned us to avoid going to bed and to simply carry on with completing our necessary chores to get settled.

We listened (really, we did). Everybody went to bed at 8 p.m. that night and woke up the next morning ready to explore the city.

We woke up pleased to find out that our flats are conveniently located in the center of the city.  Within less than a mile radius from our flats, we are able to walk to the British Museum, the University of London, the tube station, and various parks and coffee shops.

Since using public transportation every day can add up to be more of an expense than one might think, we were relieved to discover that if we were feeling ambitious we could leave our flats and walk to basically anywhere in the city center in less than an hour.

Although there are only 15 of us participating in the Hendrix-in-London program, most of us admitted that we did not know many of the other students before we came to London.  Yet, because of how the program is arranged, we have grown quite fond of each other. It’s like being part of a large family. Within the first week of arriving in London, we had a get together with our four new professors at a pub as a way of getting to know them. Although most of the professors admitted that they probably would not remember our names in class the next day, the gathering was a great way to get to know our teachers outside of the classroom, and it was the start of many more get-togethers with my fellow classmates.

Through various trips that Dr. Miller and other professors planned, my classmates and I have all become much more comfortable with each other compared to the beginning of the semester when we were merely awkward strangers. We have gone on a variety of overnight trips with Dr. Miller to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, and Wookie Hole, and we still have more excursions yet to come.

The classes are arranged so that the 15 of us have the same four classes together each week, which has helped even the shyest people, such as me, to feel more at ease speaking up in class during discussions. What makes these classes especially fascinating and attention grabbing is that each professor takes us on journeys outside of the classroom and educates us in the streets of London. We read books for our classes, discuss in the classroom, and then often have a day where the professors show us around the streets and let us relive what we were reading.

Anybody interested in traveling abroad should definitely consider participating in the Hendrix-in-London program. London’s location makes traveling across Europe convenient, allowing students to explore a variety of countries outside of England. The overnight trips and the close-knit and friendly atmosphere of the classes will ensure that students participating in the Hendrix-in-London program will have no problems making new friends and forming relationships that will last a lifetime.

Students participating in Hendrix-in-London 2011:

  • James Bass, a junior history major from Dallas, Texas
  • Kellie Booth, a junior history major from Van Buren, Ark.
  • Kathleen Combs, a junior psychology major from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Connor Corely, a junior environmental studies major from Chicago, Ill.
  • Rebecca Cox, a junior psychology major from Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Molly Elders, a junior environmental studies major from Mountain Home, Ark.
  • Rachel English, a junior history major from Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Jordan Fletcher, a senior art history/business major from Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sam Fullerton, a junior history major from Nashville, Tenn.
  • Rachel Lindstrom, a junior religious studies major from Conway, Ark.
  • Kelly Owen, a junior history/English studies major from Memphis, Tenn.
  • Kate Parsley, a junior English studies major from White Hall, Ark.
  • Ania Payne, a junior English studies major from Monticello, Ark.
  • Lindsey Wiggin, a junior philosophy major from New Boston, N.H.
  • Alex Wilson, a junior physics/Spanish major from Spanish Fort, Ala.

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