Final Thoughts from Cambridge

Today marks my last full day in Cambridge, and so this will be my last post on this blog. I am spending the day finishing up my final assignments, packing, walking around the city centre for the last time, and attending our group talent performance this evening, but I cannot help but to reflect on my time here at Christ’s and feel upset about leaving. I have grown so much this summer while traveling alone in another country, expanding my horizons and challenging myself by meeting new people and trying new things, and I look forward to bringing what I have learned back to Williamsburg this fall. That being said, I will thoroughly miss Cambridge and Christ’s, and I cannot wait to come back to study here next year (fingers crossed).

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Halfway Point of W&M Cambridge Program

We have just passed the halfway point of the W&M Cambridge Program, and I can already feel how much I will miss this wonderful city when I leave in two weeks. I have experienced so much during my time here in Cambridge, traveling across the English countryside and growingly increasingly independent while abroad, and it will be strange to resume my much less adventurous life back at home. Our coursework is nearing the period of final projects and papers in order to wrap up our analyses of betrayal in espionage and humor as a representation of British national identity. I just finished a paper discussing John Cleese’s cyclical analysis of humor through its use in So, Anyway…, and I am about to begin another that will discuss the relationship between double agents, betrayal, and human fears of deception in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Agatha Christie’s N or M?, two novels that include spies that betray their own countries.

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First Week in Cambridge!

One week has passed since I arrived in Cambridge, and I already feel at home in this wonderful city. Christ’s College, founded in 1505, provides a picturesque backdrop for my British Humour and Cambridge Spies classes in the mornings from 9-11 on Monday through Thursday. Reading John Cleese’s So Anyway…, John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and Agatha Christie’s N or M, I have begun to explore the themes of humor, anger, deception, betrayal, loyalty, and pride discussed in both classes. Film clips from Monty Python and episodes of BBC’s Cambridge Spies help illuminate the ways in which the British present these themes through cultural expression and are an important part of our courses.

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Summer 2016 Abstract – W&M Cambridge

In Summer 2016, I will be spending the month of July participating in a summer study abroad program at Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge. I will be taking classes while abroad that focus on English culture, literature, and history, and our program will include excursions to other locations in England including Bath, Oxford, London, Stonehenge, and Blenheim. The weekend excursions will allow us to understand and study English culture through immersion and first-hand experience, and they will complement our class discussions. In addition to our coursework and excursions, we will be given the opportunity to explore Cambridge and assimilate into the local culture in our free time during the week. I intend to use part of this free time to visit museums and libraries in research for my honors thesis.

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Summer 2016 at LSE: Abstract

This summer, between June 20th and July 29th I will study negotiation at the London School of Economics on the Charles Center’s Kraemer Scholarship.

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