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If you had the chance to study abroad, where would you want to go?

Asked at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Mass. on December 8, 2004

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Photo of Julee Kessinger

“Milan, Italy, because it’s the fashion capital of the world. I’ve already been to Italy, and it’s the most beautiful country in the world.”

Photo of Adam Driggers

“Egypt. I just think it would be a great place to gain personal experience and a new perspective.”

Photo of Mandy Massullo

“I would go to Italy. I hear that KU has a really good business program in Italy. I’m going to go this summer.”

Photo of Andrew Fuchs

“Berlin. There are good music cities in Germany.”


Hong_Kong_Phooey 13 years, 3 months ago

Daemon & Betti81 - Yeah, things were just oh-so-much better when Saddam Hussein was in power...

Hong_Kong_Phooey 13 years, 3 months ago

I'd go to Norway - for the blondes and the skiing.

Eric Beightel 13 years, 3 months ago

Merkin - you sound extremely bitter. did you approach a JoCo girl and get shot down? What in your life experiences has caused you to harbor such misguided hostility towards an attractive co-ed who said she wanted to go to Italy? Perhaps she is planning a career in fashion design or advertising or any number of other areas where exeperience in Milan would greatly benefit her career goals.

Snap judgement on someone's "On The Street" take is a bit over the top. You should seek solace in online porn. They usually don't say no, although they typically aren't quite as cute as Ms. Kessinger.

jonas 13 years, 3 months ago

Japan. But I'll settle for moving there to teach, as I plan to, in another 3 years when I get done with grad school. The pay english teachers 30 to 40 freakn dollars an hour, and pay half your apartment rent. With just a bachelors degree! woohoo.

remember_username 13 years, 3 months ago

Excellent, Jonas. You should enjoy Japan. Of all the Pac Rim countries I like Japan the best. It would greatly benefit you to learn Japanese while you're still in College. And don't rule out China there will be growing opportunities for english teaching there as well.

Personally, I would like to go to Africa - probably Kenya to start. It's the one continent I haven't been to. I plan to go in a few years, take a break from the University and do a couple of years in the Peace Corps while I still have my health.

nicegirl 13 years, 3 months ago

I would go to Australia. I would make sure that I went in the winter so that it would be warm there. I want to see kangaroos and koala bears up close (though I have heard that they are really mean). I love seeing animals in their natural habitat so Africa might be neat too. I have a brother-in-law from Africa and it sounds beautiful. People are really nasty today, aren't they?? Maybe it's the weather...

betti81 13 years, 3 months ago

Jonas- where did you get your info about teaching english in japan? i find this very interesting.

i would go to greece.

Jayhawk226 13 years, 3 months ago

Easy Merkin...individual choice (for whatever reasons) is very laudable.

As for me...I'd love to study abroad in Ireland, for the history, but more importantly the beer and pubs.

And before you surmise my background, I'm a Chicago native and this may lead one to believe I am yearning to go to Ireland solely because I'm a drunk...

...let me remind you, I am.

Erin go Braugh!

David Ryan 13 years, 3 months ago

Jeez, ease up on the students. Nowhere does anyone mention shopping. Fashion, yes. Shopping, no.

Way to jump to conclusions about some poor soul whose only action was to answer a little question from the newspaper.

Very Christian of you to slam and attack and make fun of someone based on nothing she said, only your own incorrect assumptions. Nice.

(Oh wait: silly me: we live in America, where voters decide momentous world-influencing elections without ever referring to facts. My bad.)

13 years, 3 months ago

Iraq! I hear they have excellent schools there since W took over! Plus, it seems real nice and peaceful! LOL nah maybe i'd go to amsterdam instead.. for the, um.. art!

gradelka1 13 years, 3 months ago

London - I'm going to London this Spring to study English literature and I'm really excited. Has anyone heard of this website? Supposedly they're offering $500 to three people to blog their Spring semester abroad.

betti81 13 years, 3 months ago

thanks for the info jonas. my boyfriend is an east asian languages and studies major at ku and i am trying to find a way for us to go to japan when he graduates. what level of japanese did you fiances' coworkers' brother have?

Daemon-those who are in Iraq right now are getting an "education" most of us would have nightmares about.

ms_canada 13 years, 3 months ago

Good topic today and some interesting answers. Jayhawk - good choice of Ireland, beautiful country, beautiful friendly people where the Ceol, Caint agus Crak are first rate. ( translation: music, good conversation and good fun) and found in pubs everywhere. That would be my second choice of study destination, my first being Spain. Having the advantage of already speaking Spanish, I would head to Granada where I would love to study Spanish history and literature. In my off times I could wander to my hearts content through the gardens and edifices of the Alhambra high above the beautiful city. Pure heaven that would be. Esso estarai el cielo puro!! Es la verdad

Hong_Kong_Phooey 13 years, 3 months ago

Merkin, Merkin, really do have to read responses a little better, and ONLY the response (not what you WISH to hear). Why are you jumping all over Julee? I don't recall reading your criticism of Andrew Fuchs because "there are good music cities in Germany." If we go by your snap judgment, he didn't answer the question either. At least, not in the way you would like.

Take a brief moment, gather your mental genius, and re-read the question... Here, I'll help you out. It says "If you had the chance to study abroad, where would you want to go?" It does not say "and what course of study would you like to pursue?", or "what educational reasons would you have for picking that location?"'s only fun if you can get in a little cheap sarcasm here and there!

Bad_Brad 13 years, 3 months ago

Everyone is getting onto the JoCo chick for saying Italy. I'm amazed that no one has ripped into the obviously naieve Adam Driggers for picking Egypt. They don't care much for Americans in Egypt these days.

jonas 13 years, 3 months ago

Betti: My fiance's coworker has a brother who has lived there for the last 5 years. I got to hang out with him one evening over beers and talk it over.

theres info at, as well. Got that through japanese class at ku this last semester.

jonas 13 years, 3 months ago

Betti: None at all. Myself, I don't want to go and pick it up totally new while I'm there, but it's not required, as in an english class you don't speak japanese, only english. Generally, they just require a bachelor degree in something.

13 years, 3 months ago

Hong Kong: Yeah I know, stability under oppression, or chaos, fear and destruction under freedom.. its a hard choice, eh? But seriously, I think it would be an educational experience to see firsthand what the situation is really like there, besides what we see and hear in the media. You know, without the sugarcoating or the sensationalism. although, without having been there before the war, i suppose it would be hard to compare the difference. Oh well, i guess everyone is left with their bias.

Libcon 13 years, 3 months ago

It is of no surprise to me Merkin in on here putting someone down, that is what he/she/it does on the message board.

Either merkin in jealous of the JoCo girl or knows he doesn't stand a chance

Kyle Rohde 13 years, 3 months ago

Granted, there are a lot of rich kids from JoCo here and I do my share of making fun of them as well. But there's a ton of rich kids from all over at KU, especially ones from Illinois. Sometimes I swear I'm at U of I instead of KU.

To answer the original question, I'd go to Italy too. For the history, the food, and the cars :)

badger 13 years, 3 months ago

Wow, what a lot of hostility flying around about a fairly innocuous question.

You know, if I had the opportunity to study abroad, I too would choose someplace that had points of interest to me besides just the educational experience.

So she wants to be among the fashion elite. Perhaps, as Ms. Masullo noted, it's for the business program. If one wanted to be a buyer for a major fashion house, one might benefit from a semester in Milan. If one was a journalism student looking at magazine journalism, one would definitely benefit from a trip to Milan. Advertising, perhaps?

Myself, I'd go to Scotland, both for the Scotch and for the history. I'd visit distilleries, holy sites, standing stones and ancient battlefields. As I majored in neither distillery design, world religions, nor history, perhaps that makes me shallow for using the idea of study abroad programs to go and see the things I want to see, but so be it.

Davidryan, you seem to be spoiling for a fight. As Merkin didn't bring religion into this, I fail to see what his Christianity or lack thereof has to do with the conversation. Same for snarky comments about the election. I'd rather not spend the next four years complaining about the election just like the last four. There's enough else to talk about that we can just accept that it happened and work to keep it from happening again.

Just a suggestion: you convince a lot more people that your position is a reasonable one if you don't take cheap personal shots at people.

evision 8 years ago

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