Pitzer Spotlights

2005-2006 Spotlight Archives

Bristol Exchange Student Values Cultural Differences

Kathrine Marques

Tim Crouch came to Pitzer College from University of Bristol, which is in the southwest of Britain in Bristol. He is from Salisbury, England, a small cathedral town about five minutes from Stonehenge and an hour from London.

Crouch is studying for a BS in politics, with a focus on the politics of development in sub-Saharan Africa. When he graduates next year, he plans to take a year and teach English in Tanzania, then return to school to complete an MS in International Development. He hopes his MS research can be combined with his time in Tanzania to look at the relationship between foreign NGOs and local government.

Crouch chose Pitzer for exchange because of his love of experiencing different cultures and people. Pitzer allows for this and provides him with a unique and flexible learning experience as well.

“I hope I will return to the U.K. having experienced a totally different style of education and with a new understanding of the problems in American society and the lessons to be learned,” Crouch said. “I think being in the U.S. for this long means you can better comprehend why America is the way it is and why it has the world view that it does. But you can also dispel many of the negative myths that exist about American society in other countries,” Crouch explained.

Crouch participated in a talk hosted by the International Place regarding different countries’ perspectives on Hurricane Katrina last semester. He is a member ofthe Pan African Students Association (PASA), which has helped him better understand the racial tensions of American society.

“While Pitzer is taking an important stand on racism and working hard to break down the barriers of race in the U.S., my time here has really highlighted the deep-rooted racial tensions that dominate society in America,” Crouch said.

Crouch also works at the Pomona College Museum of Art, which he said provides “a nice weekly top-up of culture.”

-- Jaime Swarthout ’09