Tales from the Road is dedicated to undergraduate English majors and minors at the University of Minnesota. It is our goal to expose the creative work of undergraduate students in order to:
- encourage a welcoming and diverse academic and creative community
- provide students with multiple outlets for reflecting on their experience abroad
- increase awareness of international students within the Department of English
- celebrate the creative work of students
- reinforce the ideals of a cooperative learning community between students and staff
Tales from the Road also draws from a rich literary field of authors, writers and artists that have used creative work to reflect on their own personal experiences (whether abroad or at home). By acknowledging this rich literary tradition, we hope to encourage students to see literary studies as both personal and intellectual.
Tales from the Road is inspired, in part, by the well-known poem The Road not Taken by celebrated poet Robert Frost. Please follow the poem below.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that, the passing there
had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no feet had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference
It is our belief that students that engage in international experience follow Frost's example of taking the road "less travelled by." In order to celebrate this process, we have created this online resource.