The LEB Summer Program at Saint Mary’s offers students an opportunity to take classes and participate in practicums in London for four weeks over the summer. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but any major can participate. The program was founded by the College’s Interim Provost, Jill Vihtelic, in 2015. Since then, Saint Mary’s has sent several students to London. Junior business administration major Mia Washington traveled to London in the summer of 2018. “I took a course on globalization and worked for a company which did work on wireless chargers,” Washington said. “I did market research and analysis. At the end, we were able to present our findings to the CEO, which was really cool.” Washington lived in apartment-style housing and was responsible for her own meals, which she said taught her independence and helped her gain confidence. “It was up to us to purchase our own food and learn to cook,” Washington said. “It helped teach me how to navigate a new country by myself and learn about the diverse culture, society and even the political climate in London.” Washington said her decision to go to London was due to family experiences. “My dad had always wanted to take our family to London,” she said. “He’s an artist, and he always wanted to study the stained glass of London. I decided to go and to take advantage of the opportunity given.” Jennifer Zachman, faculty coordinator of study abroad programs, said there are several classes students can take in London along with the practicum. “All the classes have to do with London in some way or another,” she said. “There’s British Life and Culture, Globalization, Discovering London’s Architecture and Design, Digital Photography and Nutritional and Exercise Management.” Although no students will be sent from Saint Mary’s this year, Zachman said, the program will do more promoting next year and try to have an earlier deadline. “It’s a pretty small program, but students know immediately after if they’re accepted,” she said. “They have to apply through us with an essay and then through LEB, but if we accept them, it’s almost guaranteed that LEB will as well.” Zachman said classes can count either as credit for the Sophia Program in Liberal Learning or as an elective.“It’s a very unique and incredible opportunity,” she said. “Students can get practical experience in business while living in an amazing and multicultural city.”Washington expanded on some additional opportunities for students that she took advantage of while abroad. “The London School of Economics is right next to where students stay,” she said. “We were able to attend presentations by professors. One I really enjoyed was a professor who gave us the full rundown on Brexit — what it was, how people really felt about it and how the government was dealing with issues.” Mana Derakhshani, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said the London study abroad program is a unique experience for students.“London is such a cosmopolitan center of business culture, a combination of old history and new development due to migration and new technology,” Derakhshani said. “It’s a unique experience, especially because most of our study abroad programs are not in large, multicultural cities like London.” Derakshani had one major piece of advice for students looking into the London program. “Be flexible, be open, be ready to adapt and experience new things,” she said. “If you expect everything [to be] the way you think it will, don’t do this program.”Tags: London, London LEB summer program, saint mary’s, study abroad
View Comments The nights are drawing in, so all the better reason to feast on a month that sees a Broadway classic (the acclaimed revival of Gypsy) enter its final weeks even as another Broadway entry (Elf) opens for the holiday season. That, plus Shakespeare at every turn, Sir Richard Eyre directing Ibsen, and Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall back once more on the London stage.NOVEMBER 2-8Sir Ken’s Season: Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh launches his yearlong residency at the Garrick Theatre on November 7 with a daylong opening first of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, with a supporting cast headed by the venerable Judi Dench, and then a Terence Rattigan double bill that includes the 1948 backstage comedy Harlequinade and with a cast headed by Branagh and Zoe Wanamaker. Broadway’s own Rob Ashford is on hand as co-director.Also: Ben Forster, Jessica Martin and Joe McGann star in the West End version of Broadway’s popular Elf, opening November 5 at the Dominion Theatre in time for the holiday trade.NOVEMBER 9-15Waste Not, Want Not: One of the great plays of the early part of the last century gets a major revival when film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) returns to his stage roots to direct the National Theatre revival of Harley Granville Barker’s Waste. A story of scandal among the political elite of 1920s England, this production stars Charles Edwards and Olivia Williams and opens November 10 in the Lyttelton auditorium.Also: Final performance November 14 at the Young Vic of Joe Hill-Gibbins’ freewheeling production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s play here including inflatable dolls and film and stage star Romola Garai as the anguished Isabella. Calling it quits the same night on the Royal Court mainstage is American director Rachel Chavkin’s touring production of RoosevElvis, a two-hander first seen in March, 2013, at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn.NOVEMBER 16-22 Unto the Breach: First full opening week at the Barbican of the latest Royal Shakespeare Company staging of Shakespeare’s fiery Henry V, a play that launched the career of a very young Branagh some 30 years ago. The English king is played this time around by the fast-rising Alex Hassell, last seen on the West End playing Biff to Antony Sher’s Willy Loman in director Gregory Doran’s expert RSC revival of Death of a Salesman.Also: Final performance November 21 at the St. James Theatre of Pig Farm, the off-Broadway play from Tony winner Greg Koris (Urinetown) here starring Charlotte Parry and The Twilight Saga’s Erik Odom. The same day sees the end of Richard Jones’s ambitious Old Vic Theatre revival of Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist classic The Hairy Ape, with Tony nominee Bertie Carvel (Matilda) transforming himself yet again to play the rabidly masculine Yank.NOVEMBER 23-29Goodbye to Blueberry Pie: Imelda Staunton sings her final “Rose’s Turn” on November 28 at the Savoy Theatre in a star turn that many have ranked among the finest musical theater performances ever. Luckily, Jonathan Kent’s revival of Gypsy exists on CD and has also been recorded for broadcast on TV, so its power will linger on well after Staunton has given her lungs a deserved rest.Also: The National Theatre’s former artistic director Richard Eyre returns to north London’s Almeida Theatre to direct Ibsen’s little-known play Little Eyolf, with Jolyon Coy and Tony nominee Lydia Leonard (Wolf Hall) leading the cast. Performances start November 25 for Kim Cattrall’s return to the London stage in Linda, written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Michael Longhurst.
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