Greetings from India!

Hello friends and family,

Jay Rutherford here writing to update you about our first few days in Chennai. The group has had an incredible experience thus far, we have done so much just in these first few days that many of us feel as if we have been here for weeks rather than days. Some of us have adapted quite easily to the hustle and bustle of a city the size of Chennai, while others still find some aspects of city life (like the insanity of Indian traffic) a little hard to get used to.

So far we have seen some amazing sites, such as the Kapaleeshwarar temple located in Mylapore (this temple is featured as the main photo for both our blog and our facebook), St. Thomas’ Basilica,  the expansive shopping areas throughout Chennai, and the colonial landmark, Fort St. George.

Indians believe strongly in the values of flexibility and adjustment, and that is something all of the students have been experiencing so far. Whether it is eating strange foods, acclimating to the life of the city, or grappling with the experience of being a foreigner, we are all being challenged in new and fascinating ways as we, like Professor Pennington suggested in his post, face things which were previously unknown  both in the world and within ourselves.

More posts will follow in the coming days as we depart from the city and begin our travels through South India. All students wish our friends and families the best regards as you remain in our thoughts throughout each day.

– Jay Rutherford (one of many students loving their time in South India)


2 thoughts on “Greetings from India!

  1. Mary Platteter

    I am so happy that you students have this wonderful opportunity to learn and explore. Keep those updates coming!

  2. Paul Vagianos


    Thanks so much for your update on the trip thus far. It sounds like you’re going to have your hands full drinking in all the sights, sounds and culture India has to offer. I hope that what you learn is useful in providing you with perspective on your thesis regarding male gender identity in American literature.



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