Amie in London

Amie is a sophomore majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in fashion in media and religious studies. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-London, which focuses on communications and the arts.

Harry Potter turns into reality

This is our last weekend of the program, which is saddening because there are still so many sights that I want to see! We wanted to make the most out of our weekend, so we headed out to Oxford after class on Thursday. Unfortunately, due to delays at the train station we arrived in Oxford at 5:30 instead of 2:30, when we planned on arriving. I was highly skeptical about the amount of sightseeing we could get in with only 4 and half hours left before the train left to London, but it was totally worth it. Oxford students are currently sitting for exams during their second term (or spring semester) so we were able to [...]

2011-06-24T19:59:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|Amie in London|

Great minds

We arrived early to Cambridge to take in the historical town of great minds. After leaving the train station, we migrated to a church within one of the 31 schools that Cambridge houses. While in the church we heard some historical context of the University from SMU Professor Rita Kirk, director of the SMU-in-London program. We learned that John Harvard, although a graduate of Cambridge and a great mind, is loathed by Cambridge. Harvard borrowed many books from Cambridge’s library that began the Harvard library. Till this day, Cambridge asks Harvard for the initial books. William Wilberforce, the main character in our common reading novel, Amazing Grace, as well as three signers of the Declaration of Independence and 80 Nobel Prize [...]

2011-06-24T19:52:09+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Amie in London|

Land of the Irish

This weekend was allotted as a travel weekend for our program, so six others along with myself traveled to Dublin, Ireland, for a two-day adventure. We started off Friday by taking the Britrail to the port city of Holyhead and taking a ferry to Dublin. Before boarding the ferry, our group was noting how the British aren’t the most hospitable of people, as we have become acclimated to the Southern charm of Dallas. Ironically, while on the double-decker bus from the ferry to our hostel, we encountered a group of Irish gentlemen who were beyond entertaining. They found out I was from Nashville and proceeded to sing Johnny Cash to our group, then we all sang in unison. It was [...]

2011-06-24T19:19:02+00:00 June 20th, 2011|Amie in London|

Trip to Edinburgh

Today we headed off to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, as we are embarking on a 3-day tour of the country. Edinburgh is a fascinating city in itself, and we were thankfully able to spend an entire day there before heading to our hostel for a night’s rest. We took in the sights of Edinburgh castle, which was simply beautiful. The castle, which is very much like a little city, is still in full use today by the Scottish Army. It was very surreal to see military personnel running around performing daily duties in a place I viewed as a historical landmark. We saw the Great Hall, where celebrations were held. We were also able to see the Scottish Crown [...]

2011-06-24T19:19:22+00:00 June 9th, 2011|Amie in London|

Day trip to Dover

This morning we departed for the beautiful coastal town of Dover, England, famous for its castle, white cliffs, and dense history. We first visited the actual White Cliffs of Dover, which my grandmother briefed me on before I left. The cliffs face toward continental Europe and were the brunt of attacks during wars. Because of that history, the cliffs are recently most famous due to the World War II song "(There’ll be Bluebirds) Over the White Cliffs of Dover.” We trekked up the cliffs and soaked in the simply gorgeous views. Thankfully it was a clear day and we were able to see France! After that phenomenal experience, we headed over to explore Dover Castle, which was an [...]

2011-06-24T19:20:39+00:00 June 7th, 2011|Amie in London|

Birthday celebration

Today was my birthday, and I'm already trying to find a way to top it for next year since this one was amazing! Our day started off at Stonehenge, which is a surreal experience. The actual structure was about 30 minutes away from our hostel, and we left extremely early in the morning to catch daybreak. Because of our phenomenal advisers and professors on this trip, we were able to walk among the stones, an experience that many Stonehenge visitors aren't able to partake in. It is still a mystery as to how the constructors carried massive rocks to and from the site. I'm a complete history buff, so it was a pretty epic way to start out my birthday. [...]

2011-06-24T19:20:55+00:00 June 3rd, 2011|Amie in London|

Amazing Grace

Today we visited St. Mary Woolnoth Church in Central London for our first lecture on our common reading novel, "Amazing Grace" by Eric Metaxas. The novel deals with William Wilberforce and his campaign to end slavery in England during the 1800s. The church has been an integral part of London for almost 300 years. John Newton, the songwriter behind "Amazing Grace," penned the universal hymn at St. Mary Woolnoth. Our lecture was given by the director of the SMU-in-London program and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Rita Kirk. She reminded us of the vast history within the walls of the church we were sitting in. How the exact man we are reading about came here to worship and have discourse with [...]

2011-06-24T19:21:03+00:00 June 1st, 2011|Amie in London|

With love from London

It is currently almost 1 a.m. on a Sunday in London and I have been awake (give or take 3 hours of sleep on the plane) since 7 a.m. Central time Friday, and I still feel like I can stay awake for hours. My flight experience was not the best (kudos to Delta for making me wait a total of 6 hours for my connecting flights ... not), but what matters is that I arrived safely. My first thoughts: Everyone smokes, it looks dreary, and someone is going to get hit with these narrow streets. However, as I ventured past Heathrow airport into the urban sphere of London, I became infatuated. Within 2 hours of exploring the city [...]

2011-06-24T19:21:18+00:00 May 29th, 2011|Amie in London|

Summer in London

Amie is a sophomore majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in fashion in media and religious studies. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-London, which focuses on communications and the arts.

2011-06-24T19:22:03+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Amie in London|