People Who Studied Abroad #743:
Kiri Te Kanawa, opera singer
In 1965 she won the Mobil Song Quest, for which the prize was a grant to study in London, England. She enrolled at the London Opera Centre in 1966.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa played fellow study abroad alumna Dame Nellie Melba on Downton Abbey:
I’m gonna take these next two posts to talk a bit about culture shock. This is the time of year that people have been accepted to and are beginning to prepare for study abroad. Most programs will include some sort of discussion about the «roller coaster of culture shock», but in case yours doesn’t…
This is really excellent advice.
"Like it or not, how you deal with this process will determine whether or not you have a good year. Everyone will experience it. Symptoms include: sleep troubles (of a wide variety), exhaustion, headaches, irritability, general depression and loss of appetite. The worse your culture shock is, the worse these will be, so it’s important to recognize and monitor yourself because here’s the thing, The Pits is a great gaping bog of a place. It can suck you down and hold you there all year long. Am I scaring you? Good. Now you’ll be paying attention for the next section."
People Who Studied Abroad #742:
Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
He was awarded an English-Speaking Union scholarship, which allowed him to spend the 1966-67 school year at Felsted School in England.
[Well hello, young Howard Dean.]
A traveler moves among real people in their own milieu and learns from them, soaking up their wisdom and philosophy, their way of being in the world. A tourist simply hops from one tourist highpoint to another, skimming across the surface, cramming in quantity rather than quality, and comes away with his soul and imagination unchanged, untouched by the wonder of a life lived differently.
Did you make progress in learning a foreign language while studying abroad?
When I can’t find my normal hair products in foreign stores
On the other hand… you might find something even better!