Theatre, Culture, and Arts in Paris


Brooke Hamilton, an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador recently interviewed Lauren Payne, an Economics major at the University of Kentucky, about her Education Abroad program. Lauren participated in the “Theatre, Culture, and Arts in Paris” program through Honors in the Summer of 2013.

What program did you do and when?

“Theatre, Culture, and Art in Paris (Honors) Summer 2013”

What did you study/ do abroad, and how is that different from what you could have done at UK or in the U.S.?

“I studied art in all forms from paintings to gastronomy to architecture to theatre. I spent most mornings in the classroom learning about what we would be seeing that day or going over some reading from the night before, but my late mornings/ afternoons were spent on the streets of Paris seeing in person the subjects of the morning lectures. If I was in the US I wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn from the city. My professors were wonderful and I admire them greatly, but the city of Paris taught me more than any book or lecture ever could and I think my professors would agree with me.”


How did the experience impact your future career plans (if at all)?

“This experience didn’t really affect my career plans. I chose this program because the subject interested me and it had nothing to do with my future career, which will (hopefully) be in the medical field. I wanted the chance to take a class and spend the summer learning about something that fascinated me regardless of how well it will prepare me for the MCAT or applying for medical schools.”

In general, what things did you learn in Paris, related to your studies and otherwise?

“I obviously learned a lot about French history and art, but I also tried to learn as much as I could about their style. Cliche, I know, but the Parisians are enviably chic.”

What will resonate most from your time abroad?

“What resonates with me the most is how happy traveling makes me. I would live out of a suitcase for the rest of my life if it meant I could be in a perpetual state of happiness.”


Photos and comments by Lauren Payne

Recorded by Brooke Hamilton

Brooke is an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador studying Marketing. She is a Sophomore and she participated in the UK Sponsored Bologna to Bologna program.