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A fun way of capturing history

June 07, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the summer, ASU students studying abroad will be writing back to the states about their overseas adventures. Fostering international student experiences is just one part of ASU's commitment to making a global impact.

Chevas' blog:
A few classmates and I rode the tube (subway) around London to collect photos of statues and historical sites for a group assignment. We had fun using our map to locate and photograph the statue of Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor for Henry VIII. We also visited the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, where headstones showed markings as far back as 1240. What's amazing is that the English Tudor-style buildings are still there. We saw the Roman Wall and the Tower of London, where citizens accused of "high treason" were held until execution. We'll be taking a tour of the Tower next week.

What made our project so fun was that we posed according to the statue or landmark. We sat with pious hands cupped in front of More's statue; we had prayerful hands at St. Bartholomew's Church; we pointed toward victory in front of Boudicca; and pretended to fight at the Roman Wall. My classmates were very funny and we had a ball. Afterward, we all went out to a Thai restaurant for dinner. It was a great way to end the night. Any student who wants to graduate with a serious grasp on the world should study abroad. I will never forget my experiences here.

Chevas D. Samuels, a broadcast journalism senior, will be a senior this fall. She is studying abroad in London, Dublin and Edinburgh this summer.