Literature as catalyst
"Though literature is a catalyst for our imaginations, to actually enter, and feel like a part of the spaces and personal worlds of the authors and texts that we were studying, is such a transcendent experience."
Eliza Macdonald '14, creative writing and theatre
"One strength of Bucknell students is our desire to be involved, and I have certainly embraced that attitude. I'm a tour guide, I'm in an a cappella group, I write for hercampus.com, and I have acted in, and stage-managed for several theater productions. My parents came on one of my tours when they were visiting, and after hearing my introduction they asked 'Do you sleep?'
"I left campus last fall semester, when I went to Bath with the Advanced Studies in England program for 15 spectacular short, short weeks. It flew by. It was amazing. It's a rigorous program, and all of our classes were taught by Oxford professors, but it was well worth the challenge. Our class excursions were an incredible element of the semester. We got to go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to see one of the plays that we were reading; we also went on a Jack the Ripper tour, to the London Cemetery, Coleridge cottage and Alfoxton House, where Dorothy and William Wordsworth once lived. Though literature is a catalyst for our imaginations, to actually enter, and feel like a part of the spaces and personal worlds of the authors and texts that we were studying, is such a transcendent experience.
"I'm not sure that I would have chosen to study in Bath were it not for my professors here. Because they are so passionate about what they do and teach and study, it has really taught me to pursue my passions and open myself up to opportunities like studying abroad in England with a specific literature program. I feel like after that semester, I can handle anything."
Eliza is from Atlanta, Ga.Posted May 9, 2013