Essays have been submitted and classes have ended, but I know my education at King’s College London will continue upon my return to the United States. During my time at King’s College London, I have noticed a difference in paradigms for education between the US and UK.
In the UK, education encourages independent thinking and creative ideas. Students in my class seemed to have a passion for the course, not just a thirst for an A! In the US, I often find students, including myself, can be overly pedantic. By focusing on perfection, we forget that the world of academia is much like a wonderland. You have strange and wonderful characters, and the ability to learn about anything you desire to then create a utopia for your mind regardless of your current setting. Keeping with the use of literary terms, I plan to be a dynamic character, not a stock character, in the classroom upon my return to my institution in the US, and I will encourage others to do the same.
By meeting with students from a variety of countries, I not only have an amazing group of friends but also a new appreciation for diversity. I loved listening to the different perspectives of my classmates. I often found myself in awe in my class as I thought to myself, “How wonderful is it that a group of 24 students congregated at 9:00 a.m. to discuss literature!” I felt so lucky to be in the classroom each day, and I will be eager to continue my studies once the new academic year begins. I hope to take that positive mentality home with me and approach education with an even greater sense of appreciation.
As evident by my effusive language above, my favorite part of each day in London was walking to class with my fellow Fulbright Summer Institute participants and listening to beautifully delivered lectures by my professor. My professor has inspired me to be bold, to speak up, to acknowledge the gaps in language in which the truth resides.
It is now 5 a.m. in London, and my final Friday is just beginning. Though I leave London tomorrow, I am comforted knowing my love of this city and my love of education will never leave me.
Sending smiles from London,