Seven Students Visit London in Return of Spring Break Trip

March 27, 2024 | Campus News

Seven students from East Central College embarked on an enriching Arts and Humanities Spring Break experience in London, England.

Led by ECC Associate Professor of English, Leigh Kolb, and ECC Title III Program Coordinator, Carson Mowery, the group delved into a nine-day exploration of London’s cultural landmarks and artistic treasures. The group left for the trip on March 6 and returned March 15.

The students who went on the trip are: Sabren Mastin, Lauren Hoey, Max Johnson, Hallelujah Medlock, Nicole Pope, Elijah Long, and Shayne Harrington.

During their time abroad, the students visited iconic attractions such as Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries, the British Library, and the historic Tower of London.

They also had the opportunity to witness a production of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in London’s esteemed West End theater district.

The students and their advisors ventured beyond the city limits to explore the picturesque landscapes of Canterbury and White Cliffs of Dover, adding a touch of natural beauty to their journey.

ECC Early College Academy alum Melaina Pellin, who is pursuing studies at Aberystwyth University in Wales, joined the London group and provided valuable insights and perspectives on life as a student abroad.

The London Spring Break experience has a rich history at East Central College, originally initiated by former ECC Art Professor Adam Watkins in 2008.

Over the years, the program has evolved to encompass a broader spectrum of disciplines, with Kolb assuming the role of co-advisor in 2016, welcoming English and Media Studies students to join Art students on this journey.

Mowery, who participated in the London trip as a student in 2018 and 2019, now serves as co-advisor alongside Kolb, continuing the tradition of offering this unique opportunity to students in the Arts and Humanities Pathway, the ECC Art Club or student publications.