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Postcards: On the London Underground with Kidiocus Carroll’14

November 6, 2013

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Name: Kidiocus Carroll

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

Study abroad semester and location: Fall 2012, London, U.K.

What was your favorite place in your host city/country?
My favorite place in the city of London was the London Underground.  My favorite part of going to different destinations within the city was that I was able to travel on the underground.  The London Underground is the lifeblood of the entire city, and it is a representation of the rich history of the city.  I would sometimes get on the London Underground even when I had no place to go.

What was the best meal you had abroad?
The city of London has a huge number of kebab/chicken places. My favorite meal to get from the kebab shops was chicken and chips. The chicken and chips came in a little box and you could have all of the contents of the box (the chicken and chips) smothered with chili sauce and mayonnaise. I ate this meal every other day!

How did your identity as a minority influence your experiences abroad?
My identity as a minority in the city of London had a deep impact on my study abroad experiences. London is a very racially diverse city, and it was really interesting to compare the racial inequalities and the social stratification within the city to what I’ve observed and experienced within the United States. It was very interesting to see how the people within the city grappled with and handled the various issues surrounding race.

How will your study abroad experience be beneficial to you in the future?
I am a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and am currently in the process of applying to and attending graduate school in order to pursue academic research. My study abroad experience has been beneficial in that I now want to conduct research in the United Kingdom during my graduate school experience. I could really see myself returning to the United Kingdom to conduct a comparative study of black masculinity in the United States and the United Kingdom.

What was the biggest challenge you faced with the study abroad experience and how were you able to overcome it?
My biggest challenge was learning how to acclimate to the city of London in various ways.  There are 7 million more people in the city of London than in Milwaukee, which is a city of 1.5 million people (including the metropolitan area).  It could be intimidating being in a city of that size, but I feel that once I learned how to navigate the city using public transportation I was able to overcome.

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