by Rachel Gould
Love Broadway? Love New York? Love to travel? Welcome to the New York Short Course! At the beginning of each semester here at Freed-Hardeman, students can take a short course, a full semester of class smashed into an intense two weeks. For some lucky students, their spring semester short course consisted of traveling up to the Big Apple to enjoy some experiences far different from what they find here in West Tennessee.
This year’s trip included four Broadway plays, touring three museums, and visiting Ellis Island as well as the 9/11 Memorial. Since their hotel was right off of Times Square, students also had the freedom to tour the city some on their own so that they could explore Chinatown or take a ferry around the Statue of Liberty. Of course the trip is not solely fun and games as the students do manage to squeeze in a couple of tests and presentations too.
Although the course offers a heavy emphasis on theatre history and types of productions, the course is open to anyone. Students from many different disciplines including Business, History, and Education will join in the fun allowing for new friendships to be formed.
Perhaps the best part of the course though isn’t the new friendships or even the musicals seen. This trip gives students a chance to push the boundaries of their own thinking by encountering a culture that, while American, is still vastly different from their own. For as Mark Twain noted about traveling, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”