International education and travel related links, photos, quotes and pieces of interest.
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #60:
Rajesh Koothrappali, The Big Bang Theory
Episode 6x17 - “The Monster Isolation”:
“So then I went to Cambridge, which was wonderful not only because it’s a good school, but because it totally looks like Hogwarts.”
[thanks to qbqrat for the tip!]
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #59:
Monique, Better Off Dead
“What else is there that is of interest in the States but ze Brooklyn Dodgers?”
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It’s Banned Books Week, the week that celebrates those books that are most frequently targeted for removal from schools and libraries or those that have been banned outright. If you’re going to read a challenged book to fight against censorship, why not check out:
Challenged Authors Who Studied Abroad
Challenged Books With Characters Who Studied Abroad
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #58:
Various characters, Hickory Dickory Dock (by Agatha Christie)
The book centers around a student hostel in London managed by the sister of Hercule Poirot’s secretary, Miss Lemon. Residents of the hostel include:
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #57:
T’Challa (Black Panther), Marvel Comics
He first appeared in a 1966 Fantastic Four comic, was a member of the Avengers and had his own series of comics and a TV show. He is the king of the fictional African country of Wakanda and the chief of the Panther Tribe. He studied in Europe and America before becoming the Black Panther and has a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Oxford.
There is buzz that the Black Panther will be one of the next Marvel superheroes to have his own live-action feature film. Maybe we’ll get to see a young T’Challa studying at Oxford, like we did with Charles Xavier.
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #56:
Ho-Jon went to study in the United States in the novel, and was admitted to a college in the pilot episode of the TV series. He did not appear after season 1, so it is assumed that he is in the U.S. at college.
Episode 1x1 - “Pilot”:
Hawkeye: Hey, Ho-Jon! Come here. Sit down. I got a letter from Dean Lodge.
Trapper: Is that a good place to stay?
Hawkeye: Ha ha. He’s the head of my alma mater. Listen to this: ‘Dear Hawkeye, As dean of the college, I naturally remember you very well.’ (After my first autopsy, I mailed him a nervous system.) ‘Your request to enter the Korean boy, Ho-Jon, seems one of your nobler gestures, and since his academic record meets our requirements, we will be pleased to accept him this fall, provided you can get him here and also send me $1000 tuition before the 15th. It was good hearing from you. If you do to the army what you did to this college, America is finished. Yours sincerely, etcetera etcetera…’
Ho-Jon: Hot dog!
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #55:
Anna, Like Crazy
Anna: Jacob, I made a decision. I’m gonna stay. I’m gonna stay for the summer and then I’ll just go back for the wedding and then I’ll come back after that.
Jacob: Anna, listen to me. As much as I’d like that, you can’t do that.
Jacob: Your visa.
Anna: I can’t go back. I mean, I have to be sad. We have so much fun and we can stay in bed all summer.
Jacob: Okay. Oh, man. Okay.
This film was basically a cautionary tale about a young woman who disregarded all of the information she should have received from her college’s international office about keeping in legal status, then complained when there were consequences for her actions. FOR SHAME! ;)
I’m not clear on where she grew up, but she’s studied in at least two countries!
Mimmi’s mother was from Hong Kong, her father from Boden. Salander knew that her parents lived in Paris. Mimmi was studying sociology in Stockholm, and she had an older sister studying anthropology in the States.
“I’m going to be in Paris for a while. My studies at home were a mess so I signed up at the university here instead. I’ll probably stay at least one academic year.”
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #53:
Nadia, American Pie
Oz: Hey, you think you still got a chance with Nadia?
Jim: No. Her sponsors here saw the thing on the ‘net. I… I really don’t think they liked it.
Kevin: How do you know that?
Jim: She’s already on a plane back home.
Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #52:
Reagan Brinkley, Up All Night
Episode 1x12 - “New Year’s Eve”:
Chris: Stop saying “kwa-son”. You know, just say “cruh-sant”.
Reagan: Yeah, but that’s how you say it.
Chris: Well, we’re in the U.S. Nobody cares that you spent a semester in Lyon.
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Episode 1x4 - “Capital P”:
“Why do you think that I work here, huh, Tim? I went to the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Vatican. I was in the top of my class. I was the Cardinal’s great yellow hope, until I started working in his office and I asked a few too many questions. I had a few too many opinions. I defied him, instead if deifying him. So his Excellency decided to punish me by sending me to Oz, to extinguish my career.”
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #50:
Tiara Gold, High School Musical 3
“Good morning, Ms. Evans. I’m Tiara Gold. I just transferred to East High from London and I noticed on the board that you’re in need of a personal assistant.”
[I am guessing that her visa status does not allow for employment, but on the other hand, Sharpay probably isn’t paying her for her work. And on the third hand, why am I thinking so much about a very stupid movie?]
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #49:
Embelackpo Akimbatunde (Sleepy), Sydney White
Lenny (Sneezy): That’s Embelackpo Akimbatunde. We just call him Embele. He’s from Nigeria and hasn’t adjusted to the time change. His days and nights are actually reversed.
Sydney: Jet lag, huh? When did he get here?
Lenny: Three years ago.
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Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #48:
Anna Foster, Chasing Liberty
President Foster: So, have you given any more thought to that exchange study program at Oxford?
Anna: No, why?
President Foster: I dunno, I just thought it was a great opportunity.
Anna: I’m studying for a semester at Oxford. I came to find you.
Ben: You did?
Anna: Yeah. I’m making the big gesture.
[This film also features study abroad alum Jeremy Piven!]
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