Our Stories

Paula MantoothPaula Mantooth

Psychology Major

Q. How long have you been in the U.S.?

A. About 15 years. I met an American lad who was stationed in England and after a year or so we moved to the U.S. This is will be my second time around at RSU. I came about three years ago and then unfortunately, I had a cosmic joke - another child. So I took a sabbatical. This will be my second semester here.

Q. What do you think that RSU could do to help international or nontraditional students?

A. I think the environment is brilliant. I like the smaller classes. In England the universities have the larger classes. I chose RSU because of the smaller classes. There is more one-to-one with the professors.  When I speak in class, the professors remember who I am because of the red hair and the British accent and also the way I write. I write as a British person.  

Q. What would you like RSU students to know about you?

A. It’s not what I want them to know! I am very nontraditional. I am very American now.  I used to be so quiet, but I have over 15 years of being assimilated. When I go back to England, they ask if I come from America, even with my British accent. I say “No, I am British”

Q. How is England different from the United States?

A. When I came here 15 years ago, I was very conservative. My upbringing was very strict. The education in England is a lot different. I left school when I was 16, then went back for the two years for the A-levels. I lost interest and left to an apprenticeship and I had my first job at 17. Here you go until you are 18 so you are already prepared for college. Oh the other thing is transportation. I took the bus, the train, or I walked everywhere because I couldn’t afford a car. Everyone is fit over there.

Q. What have been your favorite and least favorite American experiences?

A. I love the small community I live in, but dislike the cultural dimensions of gossip and competitiveness and politics in such a tiny town.

Q. What is Pancake Day?

A. The pancakes in England are thinner, more like Crepes. We would make the batter, pour it in the pan, and then flip them. There were always instances when they would get stuck on the ceiling.

Q. What are your plans after graduation?

A. I am not sure if I want to go into the career field or go on to get my masters in community counseling.