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Postcard from England: Observing the drinking & dining culture

Accompanied by his mechanical pencil, reusable spork, and mug, Tony Renzema’21 is drinking tea, dining late, and musing about education while studying abroad in England.

  • Name: Tony Renzema’21
  • Hometown: Portland, Oregon
  • Major: Media Studies, Music Minor: Studio Art
  • Study Abroad Location: University of Sunderland, UK

Q. How is study abroad benefiting your Beloit College education?

A. Studying abroad is providing me with a closeness to a general sense of foreign unfamiliarity that is both daunting and inspiring, having provided me with a wider lens with which to look upon myself and my past, and notably everything that makes Beloit College, Beloit College. In recognition of my privilege and my perspective, I am increasingly conscious of the bubble effect of such a small school that Beloit is, and the gift of its intensity of accountability and social engagement. The education, I am clearly seeing, is not in the presentation of subject matter as much as the social discussion of subjects through social opportunities to meet people from different disciplines.

Q. How are you engaging with people and place when you’re not in the classroom?

A. My experience with English culture has inspired me to try more social settings, and to learn to fall into something that fits me. I have found less FOMO and more historical curiosity in the people than I ever felt in the US.

Q. What are the three most important things you packed in your suitcase? Why?

A. Mechanical pencil, reusable spork, and mug, because THERE IS NO PLANET B.

Q. What is your favorite place in your host city/country?

A. Durham, England is a beautiful place, but so are Edinburgh and London, so…

Q. What has been the most unexpected thing you encountered during your off-campus study experience?

A. It has taken me a while to get used to the drinking culture, and how good traditional fish and chips are.

Q. How are you able to staying in shape while off-campus?

A. The gym is good, yeah.

Q. Describe some daily rituals/routines that you’ve observed while abroad.

A. Looking right before crossing the road, the universe halting for a cup of tea, and late dinners.

Q. What is a common food there? What is the best meal you’ve had abroad?

A. A common food is fish, with an affinity akin to Bubba’s love of shrimp.

December 04, 2019

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