Courtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Courtney talks about the way the city has become a classroom in itself and the opportunities she has had to explore and learn through class trips and My Global Education events.
My classes here in London are amazing. We typically do a ton of hands-on learning as opposed to just sitting in a classroom listening to a boring lecture. I think that this is the way that all classes should be taught, because everyone is so much more engaged and therefore learns so much more because they are actually interested in the content being taught.
The other night for one of my classes we went to see a play called "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", which was one of the best shows I have ever seen in my life. I was kind of skeptical of it at first, but between the acting, the script and the set design, it absolutely blew my mind. I’ve honestly never seen such an amazing, well-performed play in my life. The artistic side of it was incredible as well.
CAPA has also been doing a great job of teaching us through their My Global Education events. A few nights ago, my friends and I went to a curry dinner hosted by CAPA at an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane in Shoreditch.
I loved that CAPA did this, because it’s really great to be able to try local foods (for cheap!), and I think that when a lot of people think of England they think of just what the mainstream media in America shows them, meaning just people like the Royal Family and famous pop stars. London is an incredibly diverse city, and since there is a large Indian population here, it was only fitting that we would go to an Indian restaurant.
The curry was delicious, and I’ve recently found a deep love for naan, which is Indian bread. I would definitely recommend that future students attend as many My Global Education events as possible, because they are a fantastic way to learn about the culture of the country in which you’re studying, as well as to meet students from other schools doing the same trip as you. I love attending these events because they help me to try new things that I wouldn’t typically think of doing on my own.
We learn about diversity in London a lot in our classes here, which I find incredibly interesting. In two past classes, we’ve learned about the gay population in London, gentrification of Soho (a historically gay area) and different music subcultures and how they’ve affected people’s identities in London.
Camden, where we’re living, is the area where the punk scene basically started in London, but it’s unfortunately being gentrified as well with expensive apartments and fast food chains such as Pret a Manger, which is on every street corner here. My classes here have taught me so much about London already, and every day I attend them, I am extremely excited to learn new information that I never knew before. Studying abroad in London has definitely renewed my love for learning, and I am very thankful for that.
Courtney's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.