I went to college in 1977 to Ball State University. I started out as a nursing major with a theater and psychology minor and as part of the Honors College.
Spring semester 1978, I spent at London Center, living in the Earls Court area of London. For a 19 year old who had never flown on a plane, the entire London experience was fantastic. We went to a few "classes," but were encouraged to travel around and see Great Britain and the continent. I took an art history class that included studying at the Tate Gallery. I also saw tons of shows: opera, symphony, ballet, Shakespeare. I wrote my art history paper about the London Underground map. An artistic interpretation. I also wrote a paper on a sculpture at the Tate.
We went on several day trips to places like Dover, Winchester, Stonehenge, Windsor. I also went on a weekend jaunt to Scotland, hitchhiking to Thirsk, in York, and to Netherlands. The tulips in Keukenhoff were in bloom.
After three months in London, we went on a three week tour of the continent: Brussels, Luxembourg, Munich, Lucerne, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monaco and Paris. They wouldn't let me inside the casino at Monaco as I was too young.
Sophomore year in college: I had dropped the theater minor and the Honors program. I focused on my nursing and psychology courses. Spring quarter of Sophomore year, I met my future husband. We went out on a "Mating Game" date. We had actually met Freshmen year but he doesn't remember me. Sophomore year we were both cast in the "Mating Date" game in the common room of our dorms. I signed up to be a bachelorette who picked from three guys. Little did I know at the time that my "date" only signed on to participate if he could be the one picking. And he knew the organizer of the event. He had someone in the audience signaling to him which bacherlorette I was. So he picked me and we went on the date to a movie and a restaurant. That's as far as it went that year as he was actually dating someone else.
and did not go out again until Junior year. However, he was the instrument of the change in my major.......