Claire is a junior majoring in history and anthropology, with a minor in political science, in Dedman College. In fall 2011 she is studying at King’s College London with IFSA-Butler, in partnership with SMU Abroad.
Today was the first day of KCL orientation, which was very exciting since no one has any idea what the HECK is going on. We have been allocated “modules” (classes) but we don’t know our “tutors” (professors/lecturers) or our “timetables” (schedules). In the UK, most students only take classes from one department at university. By your first year, you are expected to have chosen your academic path. If you are going to be a history student, you take only classes in the history department. Unlike the United States, where even if you do not attend a liberal arts school like SMU, you are most likely expected to have a well-rounded foundation when you finish your degree – no matter your major. [...]