Greetings from the U.K.: Kilpatrick participating in study abroad

Published 2:04 am Saturday, July 1, 2017


ed Level graduate and AUM senior Maklyn Kilpatrick is on a 13-day study abroad through Auburn Montgomery in the United Kingdom.

“We are spending 13 days in the United Kingdom traveling from London to Bath and ending in Grasmere,” she said.

There, they are focusing on literary tourism and the popularity that writing brought to the areas they are visiting.

“We are studying Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Jane Austen,” she said. “We are visiting the places in which they wrote about in their novels, poems and journals.”

Kilpatrick got to see a performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at The Globe.

They spent some time at the Borough Market, where they saw an abundance of British and international produce, including cheesemakers, fishmongers, exquisite chocolate, handmade cakes and pastries, wines, seasonal flowers, plants and bouquets, and much more.

Kilpatrick and company visited the Roman Baths and Bath Spa University.

“We have even been allowed to get a private lecture on literary tourism by Kate Rigby who is a scholar at Bath Spa University,” she said. “And we were allowed to examine original manuscripts from William Wordsworth in the reading room of the Jerwood Center in Grasmere.”

They also visited the Jane Austen Center, Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “It has exceeded my expectations.”

To be selected, Kilpatrick said she had to submit an application and get professors to give letters of recommendation.

Then, the department narrowed it down to just six students who got to go.

One of the requirements was to have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Kilpatrick is an education major at the University.

–Kendra Majors