Volume 72, Issue 10
November 10, 2000

Students get chance to spend time in England

Eliot Caroom

Students from last year's trip spent most of
their time exploring the English countryside.

Photograph Courtesy of Beka Beckett.

Yet another trip to Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire, England, is being planned by Professor Gillin for the summer of 2001 after last year's successful outing. The trip will take place between June 10 and July 7, this coming summer.

"Kiplin Hall is the ancestral home of the Calvert family, who are the founders of Maryland," Gillin said. "It's in a remote area of North Yorkshire."

Students live in renovated horse paddocks during their stay, and all the cooking duties are shared by those on the trip. "It's like living on a submarine," Gillin commented.

The trip is also a four-credit course in English literature: the students meet for class every day, and study various authors such as Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, and Charlotte Brontë.

"It's basically a course in cultural awareness," Gillin explained.

"We see what a traditional English village is like."

"We go out every day to a new landscape: ... you can drive 40 minutes and either be in a mountainous district or a dale," Gillin continued.

"For the most part, we're out in the country in the various landscapes."

The trip also visits historical sites of interest in England and Scotland.

"We visit a number of literary sites as well: ... Wordsworth's home, the Brontë Parsonage," Gillin said. "We get to see the house that Wuthering Heights was based on ... and slog through the moors."

Students on last year's trip described it as a wonderful experience.

"The summit of Helvylln is a memory that is very distinct in my mind," said sophomore Charles Swopes. "Seeing so much land that is relatively unchanged or affected by humans was an awesome sight."

Sophomore Jill Coste agreed. "The trip was absolutely incredible, and I would go back right now if I were offered the chance," she said.

"England is breathtaking, and so are the hikes."

The trip involves a lot of hiking and adventurous activities.

"We get dirty and we get wet," Gillin commented. "It's a course for people who get involved in things."

He went on to say that the hiking involved is between five to ten miles a day, and that mountain-climbing is a standard activity.

English majors are not the only students who are invited to attend. In fact, it's an opportunity that students across the spectrum of majors enjoy.

"Each year a lot of students come from a variety of majors, and by the end of the three weeks, they are good friends," Gillin stated.

Students from outside WC participate in the trip sometimes as well.

In past years, Gillin noted, "We've had students from Wellesly and the University of Connecticut."

Students interested in the trip should contact Gillin either by phone or Blitzmail; there are no application papers.

There is currently a small waiting list for the trip, which takes about 20 students. But students who wish to attend are encouraged to apply now anyway, as it is the case that "last minute things come up," as Gillin said.

The cost of going is about $3200, which includes airfare, travel once there, food, and lodging. It is possible for students to seek a grant from the Society of Junior Fellows.

Additional information and a photograph journal of last year's trip, can be found at the WC Web site at: http://www.washcoll.edu/wc/prospective/academic/kiplin_hall/2000/