August 7, 2013

Ann Dorris Ventures to London for Study Abroad

For immediate release – 8/7/2013 - #003
Ann Dorris Ventures to London for Study Abroad

LYNCHBURG, VA – Lynchburg College women's basketball senior guard Ann Dorris recently spent two weeks in London, England as part of a study abroad program for her English major. Below, she writes about her experience.

"At the beginning of this summer, I spent 13 days in the massive and beautiful city of London, England for a study abroad over British Drama and Travel Writing. From the second we stepped off the flight on the morning of May 22, there were tour buses to ride, tube stations to get lost in, and an entire city waiting to be explored. Every single day we had things scheduled starting around 9 a.m. and we weren't back in our flat until 11 p.m. From classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to workshops with British actors and directors, our days were filled with academic opportunities found outside of the classroom through first hand experiences.

            By far my favorite "classroom" setting was in the theatres around London. Throughout the thirteen days, we saw a total of six plays at all different theatres. Out of the six plays, there were two that will forever be remembered: William Shakespeare's The Tempest in The Globe, an extremely historic theatre that has been showing Shakespeare's plays since the Renaissance, and my student play of choice, Let It Be, which was a tribute musical to The Beatles. Seeing a Shakespeare play at The Globe itself is an experience that most English majors would die for, and to be blessed enough to get credit hours for it is absolutely mind blowing. Meanwhile, seeing a tribute musical to The Beatles in the same city where the actual Abbey Road is located and where The Beatles themselves spent so much of their time, is an experience that most music lovers would love to have, and yet again I was able to get credit hours for school for singing and cheering with new Beatles-loving friends.

            Although seeing the changing of the guards, the London Bridge, the Crown Jewels, and all of the other historic sites were incredible, I would be lying if I said that I learned the city from these touristy excursions. I learned the city by getting lost in the tube stations, talking politics with strangers (something Londoners truly enjoy), and writing poetry in the same towns once occupied by famous writers such as Sylvia Plath and Charles Dickens. Although the thirteen days spent in London went by extremely fast, the new friendships made and the experiences gained by studying in a completely foreign environment will remain with me. I recognize that not many students get the chance to study material they love within a city like London, and for this reason I will forever be thankful of my amazing professors, Dr. Bates and Professor Wilkins, and Lynchburg College for providing this opportunity."

                The women's basketball team opens the 2013-14 season at the Marymount Tip-Off Tournament on November 15-16 before returning home for the home opener November 20 against Shenandoah University at 7 p.m.