Thursday, December 27, 2012

What's Not My Major...

When I get that age-old question what are you majoring in, my response is pretty long. I have a lot of interests and therefore I've attempted to pursue them all. 
I am currently majoring in History and Theatre and minoring in Classical Civilizations and Medieval Studies. 

How did I get there? Well a long and grueling process. Check out my previous posts about my journey to declaring these here.  

What I can tell you now is that I love my majors! Each speaks to a part of me that I enjoy in my life. I benefit from having two seemingly unrelated majors but if you look hard enough, you'll see the connections (as I will be attempting when it comes to Senior Sem time!)

(Hint, if you're a history person, read the green. If you're a theatre person, read the purple! Or heck, just read all of it!)

As a junior, I'm taking most of the seminar classes for my History major. Coming from abroad I took two based on the Victorian Era and Women, Society, and Culture in Eighteenth Century England. The later class prompted me with an interest in women and their relationship with society and culture so I am taking a course offered by the History Department called "Deviant Women". I just looked at all the books I'll need for this class and already my curiosity is piqued! 

Another aspect of being a History major that I love is the professors. My primary interaction is with my advisor, Professor Dameron. I had him second semester freshman year for my first-year seminar and taking a class with him got me interested in what History has to offer. He's a great professor and easy to talk to about class, traveling, and really anything! I'm so lucky to have him as an advisor and I'm looking forward to taking another class with him this semester!

There is a certain kind of person that gets involved in the theatre. I enjoy meeting creative and exciting people in theatre. I consider myself to be an unconventional theatre person. I've tried my hand at acting and while I do enjoy it, I love being a part of behind-the-scenes. I'm involved in at least one production each semester, the Drama Club, and enjoy watching plays. This semester, I will be stage managing the main spring production with a team of three and costume designing a potential Drama Club production. I am looking forward to being involved hands-on in the theatre. One of my beliefs is that learning is better hands-on. 

For everything else, there's class! So far I've taken classes in a widespread variety of theatre: acting, costumes, tech crew, history, modern theatre, etc. I love learning about theatre and ready to take up any opportunity I can! 

Studying abroad in Bath gave me the opportunity to be a part of the egg team for their Young People's Theatre production of I Am England. To learn more about that, check out my blog here!

There is so much I'm looking forward to this semester and it's a short two and a half weeks away! I know the work will be challenging but I'm eager to step up to the plate. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me

Hope you're enjoying your winter break - I know I am!
Katelyn :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

I Am England

For my internship at the egg, I was the Producer's Assistant for the Young People's Theatre production of I Am England, a play written by David Lane with contributions from the director and cast. It was a year-long process and was based off of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. It's a really great piece of theatre and I'm glad that I was able to be a part of it!

With an internship comes a dissertation. For my dissertation I decided to compare and contrast Coriolanus to I Am England. I had not previously heard of this Shakespeare play, one of his Roman ones, and skimmed through to get the gist of it. For a quick synopsis, the main character Coriolanus returns from war to a hero's welcome, runs for consul but is undermined by the common people who have been thrust into a state of chaos as a result of the war. He is eventually exiled, goes to the enemy whom he was fighting against, and ends up being assassinated. Obviously it's more complex than that and I recommend you give it a read. 

The writing team took this and transformed the story to make it their own. From the Theatre Royal's website:
Bankrupt, isolated and in a state of collapse, a once-proud nation falls apart at the seams. Nostalgic for empire and thirsty for revenge, a small town politician presents a hero to the masses: a poster-boy for conscription.
The future of the nation hangs in the balance, but at a time of intense change those in power must confront the truth of who they are - and who they might become.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, I Am England offers a unique perspective on political power, authoritarianism and social justice from the generation whose stories are yet to be written.

It truly was a fantastic, moving play that made me think about what it means to be working on a production that comments on political, social, and cultural issues. It was really interesting and I will definitely take what I learned from it in my next involvement with theatre. 

My primary responsibility was to create the program, a crazy process in an of itself. I had to collaborate with all members of the cast and creative team to collect biographies, thanks, and any other information for the program. After about five intense weeks, I managed to get it all together the night before opening.  I'm really glad to have something concrete to hold onto and show for my efforts at the egg. 

Side note: one of the best things that happened during my internship was the opportunity to take press pictures for I Am England! Check out the ones they used below!

Characters Ria and Marc

 Also: ATTENTION THESPIANS! I shall be writing a post about my recent trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and seeing not one, but THREE plays put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company! Be excited - I know I am!

If you have any questions about my internship at the egg or about I Am England, leave a comment or formspring me! 
Katelyn :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Horseback Riding! (And the Death of the Camera)

One of my most favorite things I've done abroad is go horseback riding! The last time I went riding was probably about 10 years ago and I've been wanting to do it since. 

ASE has a folder of places and things to do for a day or weekend trip and I saw one for Wellow Trekking Centre in Wellow, just a 15-20 minute taxi ride from my house. 

My friends Eleanor, Kathryn, Meghan, and I got up one Sunday morning to head to the centre. It was a gorgeous day and we were all excited!

We got there, got fitted for shoes and helmets, and met our horses. Katie was my horse - and she liked to go fast. We had a leisurely walk and stepped it up to trot. Katie just wanted to trot ALL DAY! I would've been fine with that if my camera would have survived. The culprit? Trotting. I think it turned on in my pocket whilst we were trotting and then the lens got screwed up. I didn't freak out because there was nothing I could do about it right then and I knew we were going home in a few weeks and most of the things I wanted to document have already been documented. 

Anywho, it was a fantastic day and I would gladly do it again! The only thing about not being familiar with riding horses on a regular basis is that your body is SORE for the next few days. You use muscles you didn't even know you had!
Action shot!

The pathway we rode on

Kathryn, Eleanor, Meg, and I!
 Hope you enjoyed my adventure horseback riding!
Katelyn :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Unexpected Wonderful Occurrences of Studying Abroad: Imagine Dragons Concert!

A few weeks ago my friends and I trekked to Oxford to see Imagine Dragons in concert! It was only 7 pounds - aka a steal! We got to the place just as the doors were opening and we were in a good place in line, right behind a pair of girls wearing dragon onesies! 
The venue was very small and intimate which the lead singer (Dan Reynolds) commented saying they love playing venues that they can see everyone's faces. It was AWESOME! One of the best concerts I've ever been to. The Escapists opened for Imagine Dragons and they were pretty neat. The lead singer told us that one of the songs was written about aliens...interesting concept. 
It was finally time for Imagine Dragons to come on and MY GOD. You could feel the floor rattle with the amount of people jumping up and down and the INCREDIBLE percussion of the band. They played a bunch of my favorite songs but alas did not play Working Man aka my jam. Still, they were PHENOMENAL. Dan even ended up coming into the audience - crazy!

We went to get t-shirts and the guitarist (Wayne Sermon) came over to sign autographs! Luckily I had my study abroad journal with me so I grabbed it out and talked to him about being abroad and seeing concerts. It was so awesome! 

Wayne Sermon!
Afterwards we went to The Kings Arms Pub, the pub with the highest IQ in Oxford. We had a great time and caught the 12:07 train back to Bath. Our adventure had come full circle and it continues to be one of the highlights of my time abroad!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Here's the facts:

1. Been in Bath for 83 days.

2. US bound in 27 days. 

3. 3 papers to write before that - 10,000 words

4. 1 presentation

5. 3 finals

 6. 1 trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon

Hence ergo therefore why I shan't be posting that much AT LEAST until the papers are done. So much to do, so little time. 

Things to look forward to: 
- Finally blogging about midsemester break
- Horseback riding (and the death of the camera)
- I Am England Production
- A Visit from a SHA girl!

Again, the mantra of my next few weeks: SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME

Sending my love to the states!
Katelyn :) 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Unexpected Wonderful Occurrences of Studying Abroadtures Abroad: Bath Rugby Game!

This weekend I was rereading the bulletin that gets sent out from ASE every week keeping us posted on activities around Bath that we can participate in. I spotted that there was a FREE rugby game on November 5th (Guy Fawkes' Day!) and decided to go. It would be on my Bath bucket list if I had one.
Anywho, my friends and I signed up to go, met up with my internship advisor Andrew Butterworth (the best!) and about half of our program and walked down the street to the rugby pitch. 

Bath Rugby 'A' (Blue) was playing against the London Harlequins "A' team. Don't ask me what that means but it was quite impressive. It was my first time watching a rugby game and I'll definitely go to some rugby matches at Saint Mike's! It soon became easy to follow and the audience definitely got into it.

The final score: Bath wins!

Amelia, Hannah, Meghan, Eleanor, and me!
I had a great time - and the BEST HOT DOG. No sporting event is complete without concession stand food. So glad I broke out multiple layers and my new winter headband because it was SO COLD! You could see the players' breath like it was steam! 

If given the chance, I'd go again! (Free is the best price haha)

Hope you're warm in your neck of the woods!
Katelyn :)

PS - Bath got like 10 minutes of snow the other day...check out the view from my window! Sad to say, it was all gone a few hours later thanks to the following rain and sun. Gotta love England!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Missing Saint Mike's

Being abroad makes you realize the things you miss about being home both at SMC and CT.

5. Having all the buildings within a 5 minute walk - especially with such nice green spaces and the changing leaves.
4. Brunch omelets in Alliot.
3. Being able to see homework on eCollege instead of looking at/for my syllabi.
2. All the activities I do - VITA, Celtic Knights, Drama Club, working at the Helpdesk...
1. My friends and family! 
Got a card from VITA in the mail! So thoughtful :)
This week has brought on an overwhelming feeling of homesickness after saying goodbye to my mom and friends Jenn and KK after we traveled around England and Ireland for my mid-semester break (which I'll chronicle later). It was awesome to see them and I've missed them so much!

Upon my return from break I had to focus on registering for classes. After many e-mails back and forth to my advisors, I finalized my schedule. I found out when classes were posted on Knightvision that many of the history courses I wanted to take were during my theatre courses. I could not take the theatre courses because they're only offered every few semesters. 

Because of that, I had to let go of the hope of being a Religious Studies minor. I know I know boo-hoo being a double major/double minor but I'm interested in so many things! 

All in all, here is my final schedule:

Monday, Wednesday: 
TH-302 Moliere to Modern Drama 1:30-3:05 PM
HI-393 Historian's Craft: Theory and Method 3:15-4:50 PM

Tuesday, Thursday:
TH-209 Stagecrafts 11:30-1:05 PM 

HI-395 Deviant Women 1:15-4:25 PM

TH-273 Production Practicum: Stage Management 
 - Stage managing the Spring production woohoo!

In other news, I got accepted to go on a MOVE Extended Service Trip to Kentucky in March! I'm excited to get back to campus and start new things - don't get me wrong I'm loving Bath but I will definitely cherish being home.

Hope everything is well in your neck of the woods!

Katelyn :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Unexpected Wonderful Occurrences of Studying Abroad: Contiki Youtube Meet-up!

So I realized I meant to blog about this way earlier, but better late than never!

I found out that Michael Aranda, Charlie McDonnell, and other YouTubers were going to be visiting London on October 14th I was not going to pass up the opportunity. Luckily for me my friends Amy and Kathryn where also interested in this adventure so we planned a day in London just for the occasion!

Check out the Contiki Video Recap of the Day!
It involved getting up early to catch a bus from Bath Spa to Swindon train station to catch a train from there to London Paddington. We then had to navigate the elusive Underground system and made it to the Acklam Village Market just in time before the crowd made it to about 3,000 people. CRAZY. 

We waited for about 2.5 hours before making it to the front of the line where we chose to go in the line to meet Michael and Charlie. The anticipation kept building as we inched closer and closer to the meet and greet lines. 

Finally at the front!
Before I knew it, I was standing in front of Michael Aranda and I was in awe. He was so friendly and maintained a bit of conversation with the three of us - even recommending us to ShakeAway Bath (which was DELICIOUS!). One thing I'll never forget was that I asked him what was the best part of the experience so far, which he took as meaning life experience and said, Love. He was so sincere about it and I said that he needed to stop being so adorable. And then I snorted. In typical Katelyn fashion. Hey - you only get the chance once to make a first impression right? Haha. 

Ridiculously Photogenic Michael Aranda
We then talked to Bryarly who was ADORABLE. We'd totally be friends in real life. I think it was easier to talk to her versus Charlie and Michael because granted I'd seen some of her videos but have been following Charlie and Michael for longer. 

Finally, meeting Charlie. He was quite subdued, being the introvert that he is and considering he doesn't like large crowds.  Still, it was great to talk to him.
You've had the almost imponderable joy of meeting charlieissocoollike which makes you like, cool!

Overall, the experience was great! My expectations were a little high so I was a little disheartened when they weren't totally fulfilled but what can you do?

The rest of the day we spent wandering around London and having photoshoots all over the place. Definitely one for the books!
Kathryn, Amy, and I at Buckingham Palace!

Hope everyone in the Northeast back home stays safe during Hurricane Sandy! 
Katelyn :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Unexpected Wonderful Occurrences of Studying Abroad: Mayday Parade Concert

Studying abroad has been a magical experience in and of itself. Luckily for me I've been able to experience things I would have never thought - like traveling to see high school friendsstudying at UNIV, and now going to a concert!

Whilst visiting my friend Jenna - we went to a concert to see The Natives, The Summer Set, and Mayday Parade! Now out of the three only one is actually native to the UK (I bet you can guess which one) but I'd been wanting to see MP for a while and the tickets were cheap and I was totally game. 

After making it back from Sheringham, we walked to The Waterfront and waited in the queue for about a half hour before the doors where open. 

A few things were interesting about this concert:
1. Moshing is an entirely different form here. It's like a circle and people move in and out and bump people outside of it. We tried to avoid it as much as possible...
2. Because the drinking age is lower here, more people were making use of the bar. Which is fine, but the drinks should go in your mouth and not on people. 
2A. Don't drink to the point where you become obnoxious. Just in general, but especially in a crowded, small area. People will not appreciate it. 
3. No matter where you are, in what country you are, there are typical stereotypes of music junkies. For instance, there were many people there who would be considered scene, indie, hipster, etc that were very much like many Americans I've seen at concerts at home. 
4. The Natives - while I found their music okay - liked to swear. Granted I've noticed that swearing is a relatively normal thing here in England; I couldn't take the lead vocalist seriously after I kept hearing him swear between each song. 

The Summer Set lead singer Brian Dale
Other than that I was so glad I went! I got to hear some good oldies from The Summer Set and a new song that I actually really liked. Mayday was PHENOMENAL and I was worried I wouldn't recognize any of their songs since I've listened to most of their older stuff but they played my favorites like "Three Cheers for Five Years" and "Miserable At Best". 

Alex Garcia from MP-love this shot!
Jeremy Lenzo from MP adjusting sound levels! LOVE

I definitely enjoyed going to a concert abroad and come November, a bunch of my friends and I are going to see Imagine Dragons in Oxford - CRAZY! I'm so super stoked I can't believe it. 

Hope you've been enjoying reading about my adventures because I've enjoyed having them!
Be on the look out for an adventure from London!
Katelyn :)

p.s. crazy fact - in exactly 2 months, I'll be back in the US. What? Where is the time going?!

Places to Go, People to See

This past week was a blur. Just finished our 'mid-term' weeks here at ASE submitting paper after paper for class. So far I've gotten two back with stellar grades and I couldn't be happier!

But wait...what's that? I got to see my friend Jenna? WHY YES I DID! 
I was luck enough to travel to Norwich (pronounced Nor-itch) from Wednesday until Friday to hang out with one of my best high school friends! 
She goes to the University of East Anglia, about a 5 hour trip from Bath. Thus this required me to take train after train, station after station to make it through to Norwich. 

A sign of fall!

While I was there I got to meet her British flatmates and see what it is like to study abroad on a campus.  Norwich is HUGE compared to Bath so we were very reliant on the bus to get everywhere. The campus itself is huge but a nice walk through all the buildings. 

One cool thing we got to do was a trip to Sheringham for one of her anthropology classes. It's the cutest little North Sea shore town about an hour train outside of Norwich.

Jenna and I at the Sheringham beach!

Only a day later I would return to Bath since Jenna was going on a weekend hiking trip. I had another adventure planned for Sunday which I will post shortly. 

Needless to say I am well-versed in the station of London Paddington after two days of basically living there haha. It will come in handy for sure!

Hope you all enjoy your week and keep looking for updates on my adventures!
Katelyn :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Prior Park: We're a Family

Our housing allocation is determined by our program ASE in houses or flats around Bath. With 40+ students in the program, the staff have the task of matching fellow students with each other based on schedules, roommate preferences, and other things. I am privileged to live with my friends Eleanor from SMC, Abby, Hannah, Megan, Andrew, and Gabe! We all get along really well so much that we've become a family at Prior Park. We even have a few furry friends that visit!

Gabe, Eleanor, Me, Abby, Meghan, and Hannah! (missing: Andrew)

Trying to hypnotise cat #1

Cat #2 is really friendly!

We've had outings with pictures, family dinners, and movie nights - we couldn't ask for a better house! Can't wait for more adventures with my friends :)

Keep on the look out for more updates!
Sending all my love to my family at home and SMC, 
Katelyn :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ashmolean: An Art and Archaelogist Lover's Dream

Continuing with Being a UNIV Student for a Week: Part Three! This week in Oxford we had the option to go to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology - filled with four floors of art and artifacts ranging from Ancient Rome, Egypt, Byzantium, and more. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the massive collection - I spent two hours there but could've spent so much more! 

Demonstrating the wear and tear of touch.
The Messiah Stradivarius - never been played in it's 300 years of existence!
The most adorable painting of a dog that I can't remember the name or painter...FAIL.
The Annunciation - saw a pic from my Medieval Europe class!
Turner's Oxford High Street - where I was staying for the week

I have loads and loads of more pictures - I'm just finding out a way to make them accessible to my readers! If you're interested in more, leave a comment so I know my efforts won't go to waste :)

Thanks for keeping up with all the parts! Check out one and two and keep posted for the fourth and final segment of my trip to Oxford. 
Wishing you the very best, 
Katelyn :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Being a UNIV Student for a Week: Part 2

I'm picking up where Part One left off on Monday - first day of classes in Oxford and a tour of the Library. The UNIV library is actually quite small but full of character. I even got to take out a few books for class - I wish I could've taken out books for pleasure reading. I made many a trip there for reading purposes.

So many books!

Being studious in UNIV.

My friend Abby the thinker.
Later on we went to a talk by tutor Dr. Leslie Mitchell who is teaching Modern British Political History called "Bloody Oxford". A bit similar to the talk we had on Saturday, but very entertaining. He made it sound like story-telling and I wish I was in one of his classes! I love when a professor makes it fun to learn so it doesn't actually seem like you're learning. 

Tuesday was shopping, class, and pub crawl! We made it to four pubs: The Lamb and Flag, White Horse, The King's Arms, and The Turf Tavern. The Lamb and Flag was my favorite ambiance wise because it looked like a classy den set-up with wood accents. I also attempted a local ale or beer at each location - I wanted to make it unique!


A fun night was had by all!

On Wednesday I presented for my Women, Society, and Culture of the 18th century on writers' opinions on women's education. Unfortunately right after my presentation, I became sick and was confined to my bed for the rest of the day. This meant I had to miss the tour of Christ Church where the grand staircase that was in Harry Potter! Sad face. I did get a picture of the courtyard on Sunday going to the Anglican service though!

Does this courtyard look familiar?
This is only part two of the adventure! Be sure to check back for sequels :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Being a UNIV Student for a Week: Part 1

Oh hello UNIV!
I've just returned to Bath after a week long excursion to Oxford with my program. We were able to stay and study at University College for the week and it felt pretty special. Not many can say that they've studied there but now I can! Of course I had to load up on UNIV apparel and souvenirs for my friends and family...maybe a little too much...

Anywho - we arrived on Saturday to move into our singles - a change from doubles in our home on Prior Park - which I realize I need to create a blog post about! Before I leave I promise. 
My single: Complete with a sink, mini-fridge and window seat!

We had a talk from tutor Dr. Mike Nicholson, a fellow and praelector in Russian at Oxford. He teaches Ghosts and the Gothic for ASE and had quite a lot to share about the history of the college. It was fascinating to learn about the place we were staying and it's major historical events. 

Later that evening we had the option to go down to the UNIV bar and have a disco! That basically meant we could socialize with one another with a DJ and bar - the drinks were cheaper than most places around so it helped our money go further.

Sunday we had the option of going to a Anglican service in the Christ Church Cathedral. It was interesting because I'd never been to another religious service other than Mass at Saint Mike's or my home parish. We went to the Morning Prayer service where it consisted of specific prayers and lessons (or readings) sung by the boys' choir or the ministers. Some parts were easy to follow because parts of the Anglican Church are similar to the Catholic Church. I won't give you a history lesson, but check out this website for more info.

Another event we went to on Sunday was PUNTING! If you think of gondolas in Venice, that's basically what punting is. We had the option to do it ourselves. While I didn't partake, I took LOADS of pictures: here are just a few. Luckily, no one in our group became members of the Mermaid Club! 
Trying to act like we know what we're doing...

Getting up close and personal with the ducks
This is only part one of my adventure in Oxford, and there will shortly be more posts to sum up the week! Keep looking for those.

Hope everything is well in your neck of the woods!
Katelyn :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

...Winter is Coming: Bath Week 3

So the weather is predicted to be slightly less gorgeous than it has been the past week here in Bath. In the weather, I enjoyed a class trip to Dyrham Park with my Women, Society, and Culture in the 18th Century course. It was such a beautiful day with beautiful sites and I was reminded of how awesome nature is. 
Dyrham Park
Being enraptured by the universe, nbd.
Living directly outside of a city is a bit different from my usual residence at One Winooski Park - where I could just look out my window and see the glorious foliage and mountains across the street. It's going to be my goal to take a walk in the countryside more frequently than I expected. 
Also - my program, Advanced Studies in England (ASE), is sponsoring a hike trip to Wales as well as a trip to the Cotswolds. Not sure about hiking, but hey, this trip is all about getting outside my comfort zone and experiencing things that I would have never dreamed of doing. See diagram A.
Diagram A

Bath is certainly presenting a challenge in ways I would have never imagined - some good, some frustrating, but definitely capable to be handled. I am looking forward to getting more involved in the community as long as it fits into my studies - remember, going to a program called ADVANCED STUDIES in England means that you'll be studying. A LOT. The amount of reading I have is a little unnerving but understandable considering I only have class once a week. I just have to plan to make ample time for studying, food shopping, house chores, and socializing. 

In relation, just a tidbit of awesomeness this week:
On Monday, on top of the Bath Abbey tour, my accompanying 'older' tour guide named Barry commented on the weather saying: "We didn't have much of a summer, but as you can tell...winter is coming." For those of you who don't know this phrase, I suggest you read George Martin's Game of Thrones and then watch the HBO series. And don't worry, I'll do a post on my adventures in Bath Abbey - to be continued!

Hopefully later this week I'll post again about what else is new in my nomadic travels - especially since we'll be traveling as a program to University College Oxford on Saturday for a week of courses there! EXCITING! 

Feel free to comment on places I should travel to, ask me questions about life in Bath, or anything else! 
As always, sending my love stateside, 
Katelyn :)