John Langdon brought an eclectic background with him when he came to University of the Pacific: stints as a professional musician and film scorer, travels through Europe and India, a stretch of work on a progressive AM radio station. And it quickly emerged that these wide-ranging adventures prepared him perfectly for the personal and academic journey awaiting him in Stockton.
“Coming to Pacific was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” says Langdon, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in history and minor in gender studies. “Pacific has been a perfect match, and the faculty and staff here have been so supportive.”
With graduation at hand, Langdon is preparing for the next adventure on his horizon: returning to India as a Fulbright Research Scholar. A program of the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Research Scholar award is a highly competitive honor that will allow Langdon to pursue his studies of jazz in 20th century India for nine months. For Langdon, who first spent time in India in 2006 with friends, the return is a welcome one.
“Being there really exposed me to the raw power of education, and what it can do to change people’s lives,” Langdon says.
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