Wheels up, AGAIN

31 Mar


As I am doing all of my last minute stuff to prepare for my student trip later this evening, my mind is going in a thousand directions.  First thought, this is my fourth trip taking a group of college students overseas.  I am taking a moment to sit with this.  My commitment to international education and intercultural communication as made it possible to expose groups of students to various parts of the world.  For the most part, these are students who would not exactly jump at the chance to study abroad.  That feat makes me proud.  

Second, this is my fourth trip taking a group of students who don’t look like me overseas.  I have a bit of angst with this thought as I am clear the limited number of opportunities afforded those that look like me and how many times, study abroad, international education and cultural exposure are seen as luxuries unattainable with many ridiculously genius students in my community.  This feeling is more of a motivator than anything else.  Trust me.  I’ll speak more on that on this trip.


Which leads to my third thought, I am visiting a city I have been to with students before…LONDON…so, I kind of already know what to expect.  I need to focus on what I will do as a scholar/researcher while I am there.  For the first time, I’m not really sure.  Sure folks can rattle off ideas surrounding Brexit and diversity and the like, but, to be honest, I’m not really interested. I guess I have a 9-hour flight to figure it out, unless any of you have some ideas….

Until I touch down, toodles!

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2 Responses to “Wheels up, AGAIN”

  1. Sheena Carey March 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    Perhaps extend your exploration of the relationship between black identity and language acquisition from an Afro-Caribbean Brit perspective? Looking possibly at 2nd generation immigrants who navigate among several languages? Or examine the British approach to multiple language acquisition?

    • blackawayfromhome March 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

      Hmmmm…leave it to my fabulous mother to offer a good idea! Thank goodness for the proximity of this apple to the tree!

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