I attended my first Rugby match yesterday, and let me tell you, it was the amazing. A few friends and I hopped on a train to go to Edinburgh. Scotland versus Japan seemed like a good game to attend, and a good game it was. Let me go ahead and admit to those of you who don’t know this about me: I don’t care for football (American football). Yeah, I know, that’s sort of a blasphemous thing to say since I’m from a Southern state…it’s the truth, though. I can count the total number of SMU games I’ve attended on just one hand. I apologize, SMU. It’s not that I don’t have school spirit, it’s simply the sport of football that [...]

2013-12-20T14:16:56+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Team Wills

I was thinking yesterday about some of the funniest things that have happened to me here. Although I could list more than just a few, I have come to understand and accept the fact that many of them come from my own misunderstandings. I am constantly reminded of one rather humorous incident… Very early on, I became observant of a fashion trend that I seemed to see almost everywhere ( I still do): “Wills” apparel. It seemed as if “Wills” was stamped on every t-shirt, sweatshirt and baseball cap parading through town. Because I’m in St Andrews – and perhaps because I’ve read a couple biographies on the royal couple – my mind immediately translated Wills to William. I thought, [...]

2013-12-20T14:14:58+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Follow Up

As promised, I’m catching you all up to speed on my second class today and my week last week. Today’s course, "Unreformed Scotland: Older Scots Literature to 1560," was introduced by a rather delightful professor. I am also relieved to find that this course includes a final exam worth only 30% of my final grade, compared to the 50% in my other class… It’s also funny how this class is made up of almost all American students, minus two. I’m looking forward to reading old Scottish literature by some of the greats, including two of St. Andrews' very own: William Dunbar and Gavin Douglas. We’ll see how quickly I can catch on the original Scottish tongue, maybe add a little [...]

2013-12-20T14:11:25+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Catch Up

I’ve been playing catch up this past week in order to prepare for the first day of classes, which was today! I was excited to begin, simply because I need some semblance of a routine schedule to begin after nearly three weeks of none at all. But first, to get me in school mode, I attended a lecture a couple days ago titled “The Future of Universities.” Four academics related to the university made up the panel of speakers, including the principal herself, Louise Richardson.  Each of the four speakers discussed at least one important issue facing the future of tertiary education. I found the lecture quite interesting, particularly one segment that discussed the war between the humanities and the sciences. [...]

2013-12-20T14:08:56+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

New in Town

Again, sorry I haven’t written in a couple days, but I think this might happen quite frequently. Although every day here is something to see, I don’t always have a story to post about. The past couple of days I have spent running more of those errands that I really needed to get done, as well as got some pictures I have been wanting to get for both readers and myself. First off, you should see the back road I have been taking into town lately: I might as well get acquainted with this scene (no problem, really) since I will so often be passing through here on my way from my flat into town. As you can see, although [...]

2013-12-20T14:06:49+00:00 September 10th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

From One Kingdom to Another

Hi there! Sorry I didn’t get the chance to post yesterday. I tried my best to enjoy my last day/night in Edinburgh, so I ended up cramming in a couple touristy things and spending an evening out for at least a little while. I managed to finally find my way up to Edinburgh Castle and tour the grounds. I had been wanting to do this all week, but due to time constraints and the tightly managed schedule, it didn’t quite happen until the last day. The castle is really something neat. It is primarily a military castle, displaying cannons, the Scottish flag and the Scottish National War Memorial. This was perhaps my favorite part of the castle. Even though I’m [...]

2013-12-20T13:54:03+00:00 September 8th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Day 1: Finally

Jordan is a senior majoring in English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with minors in journalism and fashion media in Meadows School of the Arts. In fall 2013, she is studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, through SMU Abroad and IFSA-Butler.

2013-12-20T14:25:50+00:00 September 4th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Living history at Oxford

SMU-in-Oxford at High Table Oxford is certainly not like any college I've ever been to. On the first day I was dropped off in the middle of a bustling little town composed of boutiques, pubs, coffee shops, and elaborate churches. The buildings quite literally line the street, which are rarely split by alleyways. Double-decker buses and bikes further characterize the disorganized and chaotic sidewalks. Our college, University College, was not indicated by a particular building but rather by a fairly inconspicuous door on a stone wall by the street. It was not until I entered through the passage into a courtyard that I could finally see University College with its green space and winding staircases. Each morning of [...]

2013-07-25T19:33:54+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Monica in Oxford|

History, culture and the Queen

Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts spend five weeks in the city, becoming 21st-century explorers while taking two courses. Associate Theatre Professor Gretchen Smith in the Meadows School of the Arts teaches London theatre history from the era of Shakespeare to the present, while Dance Professor Shelley Berg teaches about London as a metropolis filled with myriad “performance” experiences – cultural, social, historical and political. The students have visited museums, palaces, food markets, theatres (for “formal performances” and backstage tours) and participated in multiple “scavenger hunts,” and walked and walked and walked!

2013-06-24T22:11:34+00:00 June 24th, 2013|SMU-in-London: Arts 2013|

Arrival in Johannesburg

The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for complex cultural experiences through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures. Students learn to build intercultural relationships, resolve cultural conflicts and guide intercultural ventures. In South Africa, participants are gaining insights into Christian hope in the region by exploring the political, economic, sexual, racial, and gender-complex experiences of the people of South Africa, and by participating in varieties of church and community-based ministries in Cape Town and Durban. This course is led by Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Practical Theology. Perkins students also are blogging this summer from France at

2013-06-10T22:26:32+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Theology in South Africa|
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