Southern Miss International Programs Newsletter
The Scoop: September 2, 2015
- Welcome Back!!!
- Program Updates & Live Applications
- Exchange Students Begin their Journey at USM
- Exchange Your World & Tastebuds Session
- Students' Program Highlights
- David Jordan
- Katelyn Watkins
- Amanda Calhoun
- Featured Photo
•New & Noteworthy•
Program Updates & Live Applications
- The Château Program, Semester in France
- Semester in Spain
- Christianity and Law in Rome
- Dolphin Studies in Honduras
- Austrian Studies: Music or German in Vienna
Exchange Your World & Tastebuds
Thursday, Sep. 10th, 12:15pm
International Center 410
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•Lets Go International•
Students' Program Highlights
“ During my break, I took a bus with a hilarious and very informative tour guide through the Highlands of Scotland, past the picturesque and enormous Loch Ness to our first stop, the small fishing village of Dornie, whose claim to fame is a castle used in several movies—Eileen Donan Castle. Of course, contrary girl that I am, I strode off to explore the town instead of touring the castle with the rest of my group. I’m SO glad I did. I found tiny ducklings crossing a winding path around the lake, babbling brooks making their way through fairy gardens (I cannot make this stuff up), and a large used book section in the local general store. All the colorful houses had names, and the surrounding mountains took my breath away.”
Alumni of The Château Program, Semester in France - 2015
Alumni of the British Studies Program - 2015
•Meet a Peer Advisor•
MAJOR: International Business Major and Spanish Minor
ABOUT ME: My name is David Jordan, and I am from Waynesboro, MS. I love to travel, snow ski, and hike.
MY STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE:
- I had a fantastic study abroad experience. One of my favorite memories during my trip is a hike a few friends and I took in the mountains one night above Granada. It was amazing to see the massive Spanish city lit up, and to see the Alhambra from a different perspective.
- I would definitely recommend a trip to Granada and Cordoba. These two cities are rich with Andalusian culture and history. In Cordoba, the great mosque is definitely worth a visit, and the Alhambra in Granada should be on your list of things to see. Also, catch a flamenco show while in Spain; it is definitely an interesting experience.
- The number one thing I would want students to know about Spanish in Spain is that it is probably the best possible way to learn another language. The way you get immersed into the culture and day-to-day life of Spain is something incomparable. I know that I am leaps and bounds better at Spanish than I was when I first arrived in Spain, and I was only there for five weeks. So, besides the incredible way studying abroad broadens your horizons and what you can do, Spanish in Spain will also help you grow in your knowledge of another people and language. It is something that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn another language.
ABOUT ME: My name is Katelyn Watkins, and I am a sophomore here at USM. My major is currently undeclared, but I sure hope whatever I decide allows me to travel! I did show choir and color guard in high school, but I guess my inner old-person is starting to show because now I mainly love to read and cook with my grandma. Oh, and travelling the world’s nice too. ;)
MY STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE:
- My advice to students is to take every chance you can get! A lot of times we would be super tired from travelling and school work piling up, but don’t let that make you miss out on opportunities! For example, some of us chose to take a cooking class from a place literally in our backyard (which was a beautiful park). We actually got to go out and pick our own ingredients and make a super delicious meal. It was one of my favorite memories! Also, take advantage of the fact that Strasbourg is so close to Germany. We went hiking in the Black Forest, and it was stunning.
- I wish I would have known not to pack so much. I came home with so much more than I brought, and it was tough to keep everything under the 50-pound weight limit for luggage. (Hint: a cheap luggage scale will be your best friend at the end of your program, so I suggest bringing one!) I also wish I would have known how contagious the “travel bug” is. I already can’t wait for my next adventure!
- This sounds so cliché, but expect to leave a part of yourself in Strasbourg. While you’re there, you’re going to learn so much about the world and the diverse people in it. But you’re also going to grow so much, and learn so much about yourself. It’s such a beautiful, memorable place, and I already want to go back!
MAJOR: Public Relations
ABOUT ME: I am a senior public relations student from Jackson, MS, who enjoys writing, painting and gardening. I aspire to be a social media coordinator and event planner. I also enjoy serving the community and meeting new people.
MY STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE:
- I would recommend everyone go see a Broadway musical while in London. I would also recommend biking Hyde Park. I walked it and boy oh boy was I exhausted afterwards. I would also recommend everyone eat their weight in gelato. You'll wish you had. Everyone who does the BSP should spend at least one day at the Camden Market and visiting the Churchill Arms in Kensington Gardens.
- I made so many friends. I met many people who were also students at USM, but we had never crossed paths. I also met a few people from Charleston, SC. I felt like I've known them forever. I can't explain the chemistry, but I know I've found friends for life.
- BSP is a life changing experience. I know that sounds cliché, but I promise it's true. You're in another country for 5 weeks. Within those 5 weeks, you grow immensely. London is an extremely diverse city, there's a place for everyone!
Seymour horse back rides for the first time while in Costa Rica on the Spanish in Costa Rica program. He said he still prefers to fly, but made great friends with the horse.
While on the French in France program, Seymour got to witness the Tour de France live . He said they were so fast he almost missed it!
Spell my Name
During Seymour's time on the Business and Culture in Japan program, he was taught how to write his name. He said it was tricky, but after a few tries he got it!
Making Memories & Friends
From a student on the 2015 Château Program, Semester-in-France.
"Shout -out to my adventure going, rooftop climbing, sometimes French speaking, top notch roomie. Thanks for making the mess worth it." -@leanna_morrow
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