Laura to Study God Abroad

What college do I want to go to? Do I want to go out of state? Do I even want to go to college? Seniors are now being faced with these questions and Laura, a senior, has her decisions made-at least.

Laura will be living in the Capernwray Hall in Lancashire, England. There, she will attend Capernwray Bible School. Capernwray Hall (Cape) is a 19th century Mansion that was built in the mid-1800’s. It originally served as a home for the Lord Lieutenant of the county of Lancaster. Now, this mansion is used for a Bible School.

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Laura is leaving on September 29th, 2013 and the school year will go until June 13th, 2014. The tuition for a year at Cape is around $9,000. Laura says she heard of Cape by many of her friends who both have attended and are presently attending Cape. “Hearing their stories and seeing how much they have been changed by the whole experience, makes me long for leaving ten times more,” Laura explained. Her brother, Patrickt, had a mutual desire for going to Capernwray, but passed away earlier this year.

“I’m so pumped for Cape. Patrick wanted to go there too, so I guess in a way he’s going with me, which makes my decision ten times better,” Laura says.. Laura says she will be studying God’s Word while she attends Cape. “That’s what I’m most excited for.

I can’t wait to have the opportunity to truly focus on the Lord and see how much more I have to learn about him,” Laura says. Although Laura is sure of her decision of attending Capernwray, she doesn’t know what she’ll do after Cape. “I don’t know exactly what God has in store for me, but as of now, i’m planning on coming back to Wisconsin and attending UW Madison and majoring in Risk Management and insurance. But who knows, maybe that will change in the next couple years,” she says. England has a different culture than Laura is used to.

“I think it will make me rethink a lot of my habits that I have never questioned, like only eating three times a day. In my daily schedule at Cape, I have around five mealtimes planned, three big meals and two smaller tea times. It will just be weird for me to force myself to stop and take “tea time”. Especially because I love coffee and apparently the coffee over there tastes like wood, so switching to tea is going to be pretty hard,” Laura says. Even though the cultures are different, Laura says she’s also excited for that.

” Between the fall and the spring semesters, they give the students a month off to backpack Europe. I couldn’t be more excited to see Europe and be completely immersed in that culture. I’m pumped to meet all the different people both attending Cape and people off campus.” Along with her excitement, Laura also says she’s nervous. “I know it’s going to be extremely hard to be away from my family. I’m nervous about that and also that I might not be able to connect with the people.

Everyone is required to know English, but some just know how to speak or write, so that just makes me nervous, but my excitement outdoes my nerves,” Laura says.