Students Head to England for Winter Term
By Dariush Shafa, Messenger-Inquirer
A group of Kentucky Wesleyan College students will depart for England in early January on a study trip that will combine literature and history, led by an Owensboro native who lived in that country for 20 years.
Tamara Coy, a visiting assistant professor of English at KWC, said the main topic of Winter Term course is the Tudor house, a family dynasty that ruled England from 1485 to 1603.
Students will start with a week's study in Owensboro, reading works by Shakespeare, Christopher Marlow and Thomas More.
On Jan. 9, Coy and three students will depart for the 10-day trip. They'll spend four nights at Hampton Court Palace, the former home of famed English King Henry VIII.
Five more nights will be spent elsewhere in London. While there, students will tour historical landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Parliament.
Coy said a trip like this is educational on many levels.
"The great thing about studying abroad is that it takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you, hopefully, see the world from a whole different perspective," Coy said. "It broadens your horizons."
Additionally, Coy said, a learning trip to England is an easier transition than to some other countries.
"It's a great introduction to study abroad because it's the same language," Coy said. "I wanted to share that experience and hope they develop a passion for England and travel like I did."
Coy added that she believes her time spent in England will be a valuable advantage for the students.
"What I hope to achieve for this trip is, I lived there for 20 years and I want them to experience what it's like to live there. I want them to see more of the real England than just be tourists," Coy said.
Another part of the learning experience, Coy said, will be for students to examine England's history and understand how it influenced the birth of the United States.
"There are so many things that have filtered through to the American culture," Coy said. "It puts into context where we came from. I hope they'll get a sense of their history."
Coy said she hopes to further expand this course next year and repeat the trip with another group of students. The Winter Term, which has only been around for two years, lends itself well to a trip like this, she said.
"The Winter Term here is perfect. It's an opportunity for students to do something they normally wouldn't do on a normal schedule," Coy said. "To be able to be there and see it makes it real."