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Kiran Pandey

Liberal Arts Major(s): English
Other Major: Mathematics
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

What was the best part of your experience?

My most indelible experience abroad was watching a performance of Henry IV, Part 1 at Shakespeare’s Globe, for it revealed to me how such grand theatrical undertakings necessitate English scholarship -- how each line spoken onstage was delivered across centuries of cultural moments by those who work in the field to which I aspire.

Because of this study abroad program, I now feel more able to explore careers in the field of English

How did this experience impact you academically?

In London, our class found avenues to apply the English-based skills of rhetorical and literary analysis to the streets of London, unearthing new meaning and understanding how such scholarship contributes to the conception of society. In particular, how do memorials in the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe, Westminster Abbey, and other British cultural touchstones argue for a specific view of history, and how does that view influence our world today?

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Because of this study abroad program, I now feel more able to explore careers in the field of English. Of course, English is an academic pursuit, but that does not mean it exists solely while sitting at one’s desk. Everything we did in London was underpinned by years of international scholarship, and I am currently looking to explore new opportunities to contribute to this scholarship myself.

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