Students Explore Literary History During Scotland ‘Maymester’

Students visit Ashton Lane Glasgow during their “Maymester” trip to Scotland.

Students visit Ashton Lane Glasgow during their “Maymester” trip to Scotland.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 23, 2016 – High Point University students had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland as a part of their “Maymester” literature course by touring historically and culturally significant sites within Scotland.

The class visited sites such as Edinburgh, Abbotsford, Ashton Lane Glasgow, Peebles, Melrose, Alloway and Dumfries, to name a few. They also heard lectures from renowned scholars of Scottish literature at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow.

“It’s wonderful for the students to see our course on Scottish authors spring to life on the trip,” said Dr. Matthew Carlson, assistant professor of English at HPU. “Literary history is very much alive and well in Scotland, so in addition to admiring landscapes and cityscapes of remarkable beauty, the students learned and experienced first-hand just how deeply Scotland’s cultural identity has been shaped by its literature.”

Students Jordan Hutcheson and Haley McKeown visit Abbotsford during their “Maymester” trip.

Students Jordan Hutcheson and Haley McKeown visit Abbotsford during their “Maymester” trip.

“Scotland is amazing,” said HPU student Kaitlyn McCracken. “It was such a privilege to be in a country from where so many literary geniuses hail. It’s a great experience to take our classroom lessons and translate them into our day-to-day activities. You can learn a lot from the locals and everyone is friendly. The natural landscape is breathtaking and it’s easy to see why so many writers were inspired by this beautiful, surreal country.”

“Visiting Scotland’s hallowed literary sites with our students is one thing, but much more is meeting the Scottish people whose lives are still shaped by great authors,” said Dr. Nathan Hedman, assistant professor of English at HPU. “It is a wonderful experience for our students.”

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