Written by Mitch
My main issue with this program was the lack of a Mordor homestay option. I'm OK with outing myself: I love the dark arts. If someone handed me The One True Ring, I'd put it on and rule the world forever. I'd find them... and in the darkness bind them. I'd be nice to some people.... some people. Sauron isn't even there anymore, so it's NOT that dangerous. I want to see what it's like there! I want to climb to the top of Mount Doom, run across the planes of Gorgoroth and sleep in the palace of Barad-dur. I want to fly on the top of a Nazgul and feel their shrieks coursing through my body. I want to train with an army of Orcs and feel what it's like to be one of them!
I don't make moral and ethical judgments of YOU. I don't know why this program makes those judgments of ME and of MORDOR. Let me find my own path. And if that path takes me through the mines of Moria and to the tower of Cirith Ungol.... that is MY CHOICE.
I called the Program Office to ask about a Mordor homestay option and the Elven customer service rep was extremely rude to me. I told her I love orcs and I'm proud of it. She wanted to know everything about my background, who my parents are, etc. She sounded very suspicious. When she told me they were going to send a few Elves to interview me in person... I gave them the wrong address. I don't need them looking down on me.
Gandalf and the rest of those Elvish aristocratic, high society, tea drinking, pinky in the air snobs can take their Study Abroad programs and stuff it. I'll find my own way to Mordor. Oh, and I'll be back someday....