December 11, 2019

Postcard from Abroad: Julia Dirkes-Jacks’20

Postcard from Julia Dirkes-Jacks’20, studying abroad in Norwich, England

  • Julia on a boat down the River Cam in Cambridge
  • Name: Julia Dirkes-Jacks’20
  • Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Major: Theatre Production, Theatre Performance, Creative Writing, Literary Studies
  • Study Abroad Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

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

A. First of all I attend any karaoke event I can (as I do also in the United States). I’ve also joined both the Quiz Society (think pub trivia, but in a classroom instead of a pub) and the Drama Society .I’ve also been spending time traveling and seeing different cities in the UK, both with friends from Beloit, and the friends I’ve met here. I’ve learned a lot, namely that I don’t have the range to pull off an Abba song, and that the pieces on a board game are called Meeples (thanks Quiz Society!)

A picture in front of the Norwich Castle with fellow exchange students from around the world.

A picture in front of the Norwich Castle with fellow exchange students from around the world.

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

A. My contacts, because if I can’t see I can’t do anything. My boots: the most versatile shoe known to man, goes with almost anything, stylish but good for walking long distances. My phone: that’s how I call my mom.

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

A. Ever single British bathroom feels like a bathroom on a boat. I can’t explain it and I can’t escape it.

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

A. I have a friend here who is Canadian and we had a big pot luck for Canadian Thanksgiving. It was delicious and a great time! I’m going to cook some American staples for everyone for American Thanksgiving in a few weeks.

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THERE’S NO RANCH DRESSING HERE!!! SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME SOME, I MISS IT SO MUCH, I’M FORGETTING WHAT IT TASTES LIKE, HELP!

Seeing a play while visiting fellow Beloiter, Hannah Gutelius, in Glasgow.

Seeing a play while visiting fellow Beloiter, Hannah Gutelius, in Glasgow.

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