Big Sandy Community and Technical College reports that a student who graduated in May has been accepted into a college in England.

Mary Mahalie Stapleton was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Kent, Canterbury, BSCTC reported.

“She is a talented creative writer with a keen analytical mind whose curiosity to see the world was realized when she traveled to England one year ago. Mary fell in love with the English countryside of her favorite classical novels. She became fascinated with the castles and ruins of Canterbury and surrounding hamlets. Mary immediately felt at home in the English culture of her Appalachian ancestors,” the college said in a press release.

Stapleton will pursue degrees in English American literature and creative writing in Kent, with the goal of becoming an English teacher in a secondary school in Britian.  

“She plans to live there permanently, because she loves the art museums, cathedrals and ancient history of England. She adores the fact that she will ‘never be more than 30 minutes away from a castle; never more than 30 minutes away from the next great adventure,’” the college’s statement said. 

Stapleton was quoted as saying, “When you come from a small town in Eastern Kentucky, you do not think you deserve to ever experience a new world.” 

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