People Who Studied Abroad #744:
A. Bartlett Giamatti, President of Yale University (1978 to 1986) and Commissioner of Major League Baseball (1989)
He spent his junior year of high school at the Overseas School of Rome in Italy before graduating from Phillips Academy in 1956.
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.]
Did you make progress in learning a foreign language while studying abroad?
People Who Studied Abroad #736:
Matt Walsh, comedian
While pursuing his degree in Psychology at Northern Illinois University, he spent a year studying abroad at Salzburg College in Austria.
[thanks to Micah for the tip!]
Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #67:
Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Episode 1x16 - "Cupcake":
Marshall: Ted, do you remember in college when Lily did that summer art program in Paris?
Marshall: Well, she kept talking about this cheesy French guy, Gabriel. So, I went out to visit, and there was this party. And who shows up but Gabriel. And he’s got this weak-ass, thin French moustache. I’m not much of a fighter, but I knew I could take this weird little dude. So, I took him aside, and I got all creepy quiet, I got the crazy eyes going, and I said, “You stay away from Lily, or I swear to God I’ll eat that moustache right off of your ugly French face.” Yeah. Yeah, he literally ran away. I think he was crying. I never told Lily about it. To be honest, I’m not very proud of it. To be even more honest, I am.
Lily: You know, Victoria, Marshall and I did long distance once. In college, I did an art course in Paris. I was the only American there. It was really lonely. I only had one friend, Gabrielle. She was kind of homely and strange-looking, and she was really self-conscious about this little moustache she had. Anyway, halfway through the semester, she just stopped talking to me, and I never figured out why. And then I had nobody. The only thing that got me through was knowing that my soul mate was back at home waiting for me. If Ted’s your soul mate, then it may be worth it to hang onto him.
Episode 5x18 - "Say Cheese":
Lily: Are you forgetting Paris? What happened in Paris? It was junior year and I was studying abroad in Paris, and I hadn’t seen Marshall for two months.
Episode 8x21 - "Romeward Bound":
Lily: I’ve always wanted to live abroad! My summer in Paris, back in college, was so enlightening: the art, the history, the free cheese just for wearing a low-cut top.
People Who Studied Abroad #734:
Caroline Kennedy, attorney and U.S. Ambassador to Japan
In 1975, between her graduation from Concord Academy and beginning her degree at Radcliffe College, she spent ten months in London taking a “Works of Art” course in the visual and decorative arts at Sotheby’s.