Former Bloggers

SPRING 2017

NATALIE

Hi! I’m Natalie, a junior majoring in International Studies with a minor in Japanese.  I will be studying abroad for a year in Tokyo for a year at Waseda University.  I studied abroad in Osaka, Japan last summer but only for a month so I’m super excited to be in Japan’s biggest city for a whole year.  I’m so excited to explore the city and discover all that it has to offer!

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BREE

Salut! My name is Bree, and for my junior academic year I will be studying abroad in Saint Etienne, France at the Universitè Jean Monnet through ISEP. I am extremely excited about this as I will finally be able to practice my french with actual French people and will be immersed in France’s amazing culture!! While abroad, I will also begin interviewing people for my thesis as a part of my International studies and French major. I have a long list of cities and countries to visit, and I cannot wait to share my experiences with all of you!

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KATIE

Hi, I’m Katie, and I’m a junior IMC major at Ole Miss! I have always dreamed of study abroad and I’m so excited that it’s finally happening! I chose to study in Prague because I wanted to experience a culture completely different from my own. I can’t wait to explore the Czech Republic and so many other places in Europe!

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ISABELLA

I am currently a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in French— so many people ask how a Biology major can study abroad, but let me tell you, it can be done! I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I’m currently studying abroad in Antibes, France—also known as the Cote d’Azur! I have wanted to study abroad since seventh grade when I started taking French, I have such a deep love for traveling and experiencing new cultures. I can’t wait to meet new people, experience new places, and get out of my comfort zone!

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ANNE MORGAN

Ciao Y’all!

My name is Anne Morgan and I am a Junior Hospitality Management major. I’m currently studying in Florence, Italy for the spring semester. I’ve never been to Italy before, so I can’t wait to immerse myself in the Italian culture. I look forward to telling you all about my experiences here.

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FALL 2016

HANNAH

Bonjour, je m’appelle Hannah! I’m a senior Marketing and Management double major with an Entrepreneurship minor and also a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. This fall I will be traveling to Marseille, France to study at KEDGE Business School and I could not be more thrilled! I have never spent time outside of the United States, so this semester will bring many new experiences that I will share through Rebels Abroad. I’m looking forward to writing about my life in the south of France!

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NATALIE

Hi! I’m Natalie, a junior majoring in International Studies with a minor in Japanese.  I will be studying abroad for a year in Tokyo for a year at Waseda University.  I studied abroad in Osaka, Japan last summer but only for a month so I’m super excited to be in Japan’s biggest city for a whole year.  I’m so excited to explore the city and discover all that it has to offer!

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ANITA

My name is Anita, and I am a Senior at the University of Mississippi.  I am a Chinese Major with two minors in Korean and in Naval Science.  I am currently a Midshipman first class in the University of Mississippi NROTC, being that I have participated in the program since my arrival to Ole Miss on August 2013.  I chose Chinese as my major for the main reason that I want to be able to take in cultures and learn about places other than my home country.  Chinese happened to be a stepping stone in this process, being that I wanted to challenge myself and work hard on a language that is quickly becoming one of the most important in the world.  I will be participating in the Beijing Language and Culture University exchange program studying intensive Chinese in Beijing, China for Fall 2016 and upon my return to Ole Miss, I will graduate May 2017 and commission into the United States Navy.

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BREE

Salut! My name is Bree, and for my junior academic year I will be studying abroad in Saint Etienne, France at the Universitè Jean Monnet through ISEP. I am extremely excited about this as I will finally be able to practice my french with actual French people and will be immersed in France’s amazing culture!! While abroad, I will also begin interviewing people for my thesis as a part of my International studies and French major. I have a long list of cities and countries to visit, and I cannot wait to share my experiences with all of you!

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ALEXA

Hello! My name is Alexa, and I am a junior at Ole Miss. I am majoring in political science, so studying around the world is a dream come true. This fall, I will traveling to twelve different countries with Semester at Sea. After two years of planning, I am beyond excited that my dream of seeing the world in the coolest way is actually happening!

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DANA

Growing up in the small town of West Point, Mississippi, I have always had a passion for wanting to see more, learn more, and do more. I desired to go places many would not dare to go, and to accomplish things some could only imagine achieving. It is aspirations such as these that pushed me toward language-learning.

As a Spanish major with a Korean minor at the University of Mississippi, I have had the opportunity to study abroad in Cádiz and Madrid, Spain. I have been on excursions to Morocco and Sevilla, and during the Fall of 2016, I plan to study about Korean language and culture at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

I believe that communication leads to understanding, and that understanding can lead to less conflict. That is why I intend to become a professor of Modern Languages, so that I can share my love for language-learning with others and help make the world a more tolerant and compassionate place.

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LIZZY

Hello! My name is Elizabeth, and I am a senior in the Croft Institute for International Studies majoring in French. As a Croft major, I knew from the onset of the program that studying abroad was a key component of the language immersion experience.  Interested in global health policy and its relationship to French, I was drawn to a study abroad program in Switzerland. At The University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland, I will be taking courses in French, public health, and history.  The culture and beauty of the Swiss countryside is one facet of my program that I am excited to experience; with the mountain peaks towering above the town and Lake Lausanne only half an hour away, the magnificence of the scenery is breathtaking. Overall, though, I am most excited to meet other international and Swiss students and improve upon my knowledge and proficiency of the French language. Studying abroad in Fribourg is going to allow me to fulfill my dreams, while also opening many new doors of opportunities for the future! I’m excited to see what the semester will hold for my aspirations!

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SPRING 2016

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My name is Betsi, and I’m a senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). This year I’m graduating and applying to graduate school and for being my last year I wanted to ended it in the best way, traveling and studying in another country. I am studying at the University of Granada to finish my minor in Spanish. This trip has been one of my goals since high school and now that I am graduating I am finally accomplishing one of my them. Having this great opportunity of studying in such a great place is that I will gain more than an education but the change to become fully immersed and understand and seen the world in different perspectives. 

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Hi! My name is Claudia and I am currently a junior Marketing major at Ole Miss. I will be studying abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Traveling is one of my biggest passions in life, so naturally studying abroad was an absolute must! Now in just a few short weeks I will finally be setting off to a new place and will be able to fully immerse myself in a foreign culture! I am beyond excited to start my adventure and be able to share all of my experiences with you!

riley

I want to study abroad because I never had the opportunity to as an undergraduate student to go abroad for longer than a month.  I have traveled before, but not for a semester.  I am excited to visit Valparaíso, Chile and become a student at their university.  I am looking forward to living near the beach and enjoying the warm weather when I first arrive.

kallen

Hello! I’m Kallen and I’m a junior at Ole Miss majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications. This spring, I’ll be transitioning from a lifelong Mississippian to a student at Maynooth University in Ireland. This will be my first time out of the country, so I’m certain to bring you lots of funny and interesting stories. I’m ready for a new adventure, and I can’t wait for us to experience life at Maynooth together!

elizabeth

¡Hola! My name is Elizabeth Romary and I am a junior International Studies major at Ole Miss! A requirement of my major is to study abroad for at least a semester, and since my regional concentration is Latin America, I felt Argentina would be the perfect fit. I am excited to explore the country and have an amazing time abroad!

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My name is Peter Ogunniran. I am ‘originally’ from Nigeria. 

I am currently an International Student at Olemiss. I am studying abroad at the University of Potsdam, in Germany! That makes me an International Student both in the USA and in Germany!

My University here in Potsdam is about 30 minutes train ride from Germany´s capital, Berlin.

There are 40 UNESCO heritage centers in Germany alone! One of them is on the campus where I will be taking most of my classes.

I also plan to visit close neighboring countries such as Poland. Poland is so close and I do not need to pay extra to get for the train that goes there. My german student ID gives me 100% free access to the public Transportation in Berlin, Brandenburg and Potsdam and other neighboring locations! Exciting uhn?

Watch out for my coming posts!

kara

Salut, je m’appelle Kara! I’m a junior at the University of Mississippi where I double major in International Studies and French and minor in Business. I’m from Florence, Alabama which is almost as small as Oxford, Mississippi so I am really looking forward to experiencing living in a big city! I’m most looking forward to the experiences that I will have while abroad and improving my French language skills. I can’t wait to share my life in France with the Ole Miss community!

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Rebecca McCarthy is a Sophomore studying Integrated Marketing Communications. She is currently studying abroad with Semester at Sea, a program that travels around the world visiting 15 cities of 11 countries in just 102 days. It has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of Rebecca’s lifetime. Given the opportunity, she would encourage everyone to study abroad and travel internationally. There is so much she is learning from this experience and she is eager to answer any and all questions regarding the program and studying abroad in general.

SPRING 2015

Hannah is studying for the spring semester at Neurtingen-Geislingen University in Neurtingen, Germany.
Hannah is studying for the spring semester at Neurtingen-Geislingen University in Neurtingen, Germany.

Grüß Gott! My name is Hannah and I am a junior at Ole Miss. My major is Managerial Finance and my hometown is Charleston, South Carolina. I choose to study in Nürtingen, Germany (just outside of Stuttgart) because I want immerse myself in one of the strongest economies to learn their way of thinking. I have left my comfort zone to realize the world is much more amazing than I ever thought. I am so excited for the new people and places to visit in Europe!

Lizzy is studying at National Taiwan University for Spring 2015.
Lizzy is studying at National Taiwan University for Spring 2015.

你好!My name is Lizzy, and I am junior at Ole Miss. I am a double major in Chinese and International Studies with a minor in Intelligence and Security Studies.  This spring I will be studying in a city surrounded by mountains and close to several beachesTaipei, Taiwan.  I am ecstatic to go live in Taiwan’s capital city for an entire semester and can’t wait to share my adventures abroad!

Taylor is studying at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK for the spring semester.
Taylor is studying at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK for the spring semester.

Well, my name is Taylor, and I am currently a student at the University of Mississippi. My major is print journalism and my minor is english. I am a member of Delta Gamma sorority and a staff writer for The Daily Mississippian newspaper. I?m originally from a small southern town called Picayune, Mississippi. I love big cities and plan to reside in one someday soon. I?m an avid reader and aspiring journalist/writer. My inspiration for writing comes from my love of literature and all things travel!

Aubrey is studying at the American University of Paris through SAI for the spring semester.
Aubrey is studying at the American University of Paris through SAI for the spring semester.

Bonjour tout le monde! My name is Aubrey, and I’m a junior at Ole Miss double majoring in French and Marketing. I took my first French lesson at age 10 and am elated to finally be living out my dreams as a student at The American University of Paris. Join me on my adventures in Paris and around the rest of Europe as I experience the best of food, fashion and fun.

Shelby is studying in Prague, Czech Republic, through CEA for the spring semester.
Shelby is studying in Prague, Czech Republic, through CEA for the spring semester.

Hey, I’m Shelby, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia studying IMC. I am currently in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic!! I chose Prague because I wanted to be immersed into a culture that was completley different than the United States. I love to travel and am so excited to see a new way of life in Prague! Back in Oxford I am involved with Pi Beta Phi, Young Life, the Boys and Girls club, and anything with cool music.

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Katie is studying at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Chile for the Spring 2015 semester.

My name is Katie Wright, and I’m an International Studies and Spanish double major from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I want to study abroad to open my eyes. I’ve always had an interest in the idea of visiting other countries and experiencing other cultures, but until now, this interest has been void of action. I look forward most of all to meeting new people and becoming fluent in Spanish. And seeing the Pacific Ocean!

Cecilia is studying at the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina, for Spring 2015.
Cecilia is studying at the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina, for Spring 2015.

Hola! My name is Cecilia, and I am a junior International Studies and Spanish major studying at the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina for the spring semester.  I’ve been studying Spanish since I was a freshman in high school, and study abroad presented a unique opportunity to expand my language skills and experience a part of the world that I’ve never seen before.  I’m very excited to share my adventures with my Ole Miss community (starting with the Argentine semester in March) so stay tuned for a taste of life in Latin America!

Hannah is student teaching in Ireland and taking classes at Maynooth University.
Hannah is student teaching in Ireland and taking classes at Maynooth University.

Why study abroad? A better question might be: why not? Going out of your comfort zone is exactly that–uncomfortable–but it is also when you make the most lasting memories. My name is Hannah, and I am student teaching in a primary school in Ireland and loving every second of it. I am looking forward to exploring the country, learning with my students, and building relationships here.It’s only been two weeks, but I can already tell a piece of my heart will always belong in Ireland.

Callie is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, for the Spring 2015 semester.
Callie is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, for the Spring 2015 semester.

Hola! My name is Callie, and I’m a double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Spanish, with Teaching English as a Second Language minor. I’ll be spending the semester in Salamanca, Spain! I am a junior and a member of Pi Beta Phi, Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, and NSSLHA. The main reason I am studying abroad is to improve my Spanish speaking and writing skills. There are other reasons of course like immersing myself into another culture, become more independent, and to be a world traveler! This is probably going to be the most challenging yet rewarding thing in my life so far… I’m so excited! I have a teaching internship in which I’m going to be an assistant English teaching a High School in Spain (scary, right?). I’m looking forward to my adventure abroad and sharing it with all of you!

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Maia is studying at PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the spring semester.

Bom dia! My name is Maia, and I am a junior at Ole Miss. I am a triple major in International Studies, Economics, and Mathematics with a minor in Portuguese. This spring I will be studying abroad in the “Cidade Maravilhosa”—  the Marvelous City — Rio de Janeiro. I am excited to experience the national culture, the regional traditions, and the Brazilian hospitality. I got a taste of the country last year during the World Cup and I cannot wait to head back! Spending six months on Ipanema beach with the spirited Brazilians is an experience that few people are fortunate enough to have.

Rachel is studying at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for the spring semester.
Rachel is studying at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for the spring semester.
¡Hola! I’m Rachel, a sophomore from Chesapeake, VA. Currently, I’m studying at la Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for the semester. Back at Ole Miss, I am a double-major in Journalism and Spanish and am a proud member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Ole Miss Forensics and Debate Team, and Phi Mu sorority.
Anyone who has shared a single conversation with me knows that I’m madly in love with all things Spanish. Now, my dreams have become a reality, and I’m able to first-handly experience the culture, country, and language that I love so much through studying abroad. In addition, I’m looking forward to all my upcoming European adventures and becoming completely immersed as a new Spaniard.
Sofia is studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland for the spring semester.
Sofia is studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland for the spring semester.

I chose Scotland because I came here the summer before I started high school and completely fell in love. I knew I had to come back again, and here I am! Back in Scotland! It’s been amazing so far!

Christine is studying at the Collège International de Cannes in Cannes, France for the spring semester.
Christine is studying at the Collège International de Cannes in Cannes, France for the spring semester.

My name is Christine Sim. I’m a first year senior at the University of Mississippi. I’m in the honors college majoring in Political Science and minoring in both English and History. I am an active member of my campus by staying involved in organizations like Golden Key Honour Society, Autism Speaks U, Students for Green Campus, Ole Miss Democrats, Ole Miss Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. I’m also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

I’m about to take on the biggest adventure of my life by studying abroad for 10 weeks. I plan to use my time in Europe to see and do as much as possible. I want to take in all the beautiful history and architecture that Europe has to offer. The program that I am doing focuses on the French language. I felt that this program was the greatest opportunity to complete the language credits I need to graduate while at the same time enjoying an amazing experience.

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Mary Claire, Amber, and Maggie are studying for the entire year, so they are still with us!  Keep up the good work!

Mary Claire is studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, for the fall semester.
Mary Claire is studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, for the fall semester.

I’m a senior Political Science major and Anthropology minor. I’ve always been taught to learn through experience, so traveling is a huge part of my life. Because of my passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures, I was able to spend two and a half months in Edinburgh, Scotland last summer. I am now blessed with the opportunity to do it again- and for a whole semester this time! (Watch out Royals, I’m not opposed to becoming a princess) I saw the professional side of Edinburgh last time during my internship with the Parliament. This time I hope to be exposed to more of the student scene, meet locals, and visit friends I made while I was a Global Ambassador. I can’t wait to keep y’all updated on the adventures coming this fall/winter! Hotty Toddy and Cheerio!

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I am currently a junior majoring in international studies and French. I am looking forward to studying abroad because I am hoping to find some internship or career interests, and I want to eventually move to Europe after I become more comfortable with the language I’m studying and the cultures. As for being in Angers, I’m really excited about meeting a lot of people and making more friends.

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Maggie is studying for the full year at the University of Potsdam in Potsdam, Germany.

Guten Tag! My name is Maggie, and I am a junior International Studies and German major. I am studying in Potsdam, Germany (just outside of Berlin) this academic year. Excited with a hint of nervousness pretty much sums up my emotions about this year. Most of my friends and family thought I wouldn’t go through with studying abroad for a whole year, but I am happy to show everyone that Germany is where I am meant to be in this stage of my life! I am ecstatic that I get to share all of my adventures with the Ole Miss family!

FALL 2014

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Jamie is studying through SAI in Paris, France for the fall semester.

I’m Jamie, and I’m a junior engineering major studying abroad in Paris for the fall! I am full of excitement to experience a totally new (to me) language and immerse myself in such a unique culture. I can’t wait to enhance my view of the world while enjoying macarons and espresso at the local cafés!

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Hannah is studying at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, for the fall semester.

Hi, hi, hi!  I’m a sophomore English major suffering from a pretty severe case of wanderlust.  I’ve never been fortunate enough to be a young traveler, but it’s always been a dream of mine to just hop on a plane and go.  Send your thank yous and bouquets of flowers to Ole Miss’s exchange program for making this dream of mine come true.  This fall, I will be boarding a plane for the first time in my little life to study in Edinburgh, Scotland for the semester.  Follow me on my maiden voyage as I do fun things and learn neat things!  Adventures!  Friends!  Haggis!

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Laura is studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy, for the fall semester.

My name is Laura, and I’m a Junior at Ole Miss. This spring when I return from Florence I will be applying for the B.F.A Program with an emphasis in painting. I chose Florence because of the obvious reason it was the heart of the Renaissance! I visited Florence when I was 15 with my dad and always dreamed of going back. It’s a dream come true to be able to live here. I moved in with my two other roommates on the 26th of August and can already tell how great of a semester it’s going to be. I’ll be taking the following courses starting Monday: Words, Painting, and Emotions: The Mind Map of Creativity, Foundation Painting, Intro to Creative Video Making, and History of Christianity. My dream is to one day become an art professor as I know it’s something I would enjoy waking up to do every day. I love impacting people, and I love art.

Taeisha is studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Taeisha is studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for the fall semester.

I am a Senior Psychology major at the University of Mississippi. I am currently studying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I decided to study abroad to experience a new environment by immersing myself in a completely different culture. I knew that going abroad would force me out of my comfort zone and allow me to grow as a person. African culture has always been an interest of mine, so I chose South Africa to experience the culture first hand.

Max is studying at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.
Max is studying at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for the fall semester.

I’m a fifth year Spanish major finishing my studies abroad at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.  Last summer I studied abroad in La Paz, Bolivia. I had a great time and made incredible memories with amazing people, but I realized that a month simply wasn’t enough time for me.  This go-around, I decided to commit myself to an entire semester of immersion in the language and culture of Spain.  During the upcoming semester, I hope to improve my speaking and comprehension skills and to learn a few things about myself that only happens by spending time abroad.

Emily is studying at VU University Amsterdam in Holland for the fall semester.
Emily is studying at VU University Amsterdam in Holland for the fall semester.

I am a junior studying Integrated Marketing & Communications and studying abroad at VU University Amsterdam for the fall semester. I’m excited to branch out and experience all new cultures and learn as much about other ways of life as possible.  I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and can’t wait to see as the world through countless trips and new experiences! Dank je!

Talley is studying at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France, for the fall semester.
Talley is studying at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, for the fall semester.

I am a senior studying International Studies, French, and English. I am studying abroad in Angers, France this fall in order to complete my major’s requirements and to treat myself to the wonderful experience of  being fully immersed in a foreign culture. I look forward to exploring Europe on weekends, researching for my thesis, and perfecting the phrase “more wine, please!”

 

SPRING 2014

Meet Rebecca who is studying for an academic year at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Meet Rebecca who is studying for an academic year at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.  Rebecca posts as olreb.

Rebecca says: Growing up, I have had the privilege to live in various places around the United States but was never fortunate enough to travel outside the country. It has always been my goal to travel as much as possible and, needless to say, I plan to achieve that goal this year. The coming spring semester will be my second semester to study abroad in Switzerland while studying French and international studies. I am excited for the new adventures that this semester will bring.

Meet Hjalmar who is studying for an academic year at the University of Potsdam in Germany.  Hjalmar posts as hebreit.
Meet Hjalmar who is studying for an academic year at the University of Potsdam in Germany. Hjalmar posts as hebreit.

Hjalmar says: Hey, guys! I’m a Junior double-majoring in International Studies and Economics. I’m about a third of the way through spending a year studying in Potsdam, Germany (just outside of Berlin).  I’m having the time of my life here in the Fatherland and I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with you as I continue to explore Germany and its neighbors’ language, food, and culture!!

Meet Jordan and Kate who are studying in the UK.
Meet Jordan and Kate who are studying at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.  Jordan and Kate post as jandkintheuk.

Jordan says: My name is Jordan, and I was born and raised in Texas. I am a sophomore at Ole Miss where I’m majoring in Marketing and Corporate Relations. Unlike me, Kate has traveled a bit more in her life, yet we both share the same desire to travel abroad and decided why not study as well. Ole Miss just happens to have an amazing exchange program that helped our dream come true and here we are for an academic year in the UK at the University of Reading. The first term took a bit of getting used to but we made it with few problems and now in our second term. Now our biggest problem will be leaving this amazing country at the end of the year.

Kate says: Hi! My name is Kate, and I am a sophomore majoring in Marketing and Corporate Relations. My best friend Jordan and I are both lovers of adventure and all things new and exciting so we decided to spend a year in England! We have been here since October and have absolutely fallen in love with this beautiful country (especially London)! We only have six months left to explore and it is heart breaking to even think about leaving. This has been the best and most challenging experience of my life and I am so glad I did it! We cannot wait to share our experiences and travels with you! Most of our trips are to the wonderful city of London, but we will also post about other places we have gone and plan on visiting!

Meet Morgan Fuller, who is studying in Florence, Italy through SAI during the spring semester.  Morgan posts as morgansproblems.
Meet Morgan who is studying in Florence, Italy through SAI during the spring semester. Morgan posts as morgansproblems.
Morgan says: I’m a senior marketing major, and I will be in Florence, Italy for the semester.  I’ve never traveled outside of the southern US, so I thought studying abroad would be the perfect opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. Plus I have always dreamed of traveling to Italy!  I hope to learn as much as I can about the Italian culture and look forward to eating lots of good food while I am there! I also plan on traveling around Europe as much as possible during the semester.  I’m so excited about going and can’t wait to share my experiences with everyone.
Meet Abby Bakersmith.
Meet Abby who is studying at Kingston University in London, United Kingdom.

Abby says:  Growing up I was always a little too obsessed with the royal family, and as I got older this turned to a full fledged anglophile obsession. I swore to myself from a young age that I would take time at some point to study and learn more about British culture. I am excited to not only have the opportunity to learn more about this culture, but to actually be fully submerged in another culture that I have always had a great passion for. Here’s to hoping the royal family is looking for a new nanny.

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Meet Kristin who is studying at the American College of Thessaloniki, in Thessaloniki, Greece for Academic Year 2013 – 2014.  Here she is at Delphi!  Kristin posts as kleaptrott.

Kristin says: My name is Kristin L. I’m a Junior currently in the middle of a year abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece. My first semester abroad was by far the three best months of my life thus far, so I’m excited to see what my second semester will bring. Thessaloniki is like my home now, but I spent the majority of the fall semester getting used to how things happened in Greece, so I’m ready to just start “living.” I love everything about Greece, and I’m so glad I decided to make Thessaloniki my study abroad destination.  You can find her personal blog at findingagreatperhaps.wordpress.com.

Meet Del Mixon who is studying in Brussels, Belgium, at Vesalius College during the spring semester.  Del posts as mixondel.
Meet Del who is studying in Brussels, Belgium, at Vesalius College during the spring semester. Del posts as mixondel.

Del says: I am a junior history major, and I will be studying in Brussels, Belgium for the spring semester. Since my freshman year, I have always been interested in study abroad. Although I had been to Europe in previous years for vacations, I had never entered Belgium until now. I chose Brussels for the wonderful academic and professional opportunities provided by Ole Miss’s exchange partner, Vesalius College. Here I will be studying European History and interning at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute – Europe. I am excited for the exposure to a new culture and hope to gain valuable experience from working and studying.

Meet Andrew who is studying at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France.  Andrew posts as amdelee1.
Meet Andrew who is studying at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. Andrew posts as amdelee1.

Andrew says: I’m currently a junior majoring in international studies, public policy, and French.  I’ve been fascinated with France since I was a little kid and always knew I would study there one day.  While abroad, I hope to improve my language skills, immerse myself in the culture, and make lasting friendships and memories.  This is not my first experience abroad but it will be the longest and most challenging so far.  I’m looking forward to many adventures and a chance to see the world in a new light.

Meet Cathryn who is studying at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.  Cathryn posts as cdcart.
Meet Cathryn who is studying with CAPA in Sydney, Australia. Cathryn posts as cdcart.

Cathryn says:  I’m a native Texan, born and raised in the Houston area.  My wanderlust has driven me to study abroad as a sophomore IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications) major. I have always had slight obsession with beaches and figured Australia in the summer was the perfect answer. I will be calling Sydney my home for the semester as I travel down under and immerse myself into a new culture. Ultimately, this study abroad experience will be as beneficial as I make of it, so I plan on capturing every opportunity, and sharing a few adventures along the way.

Meet Olivia who is studying with CAPA in London, UK.  Olivia posts as ojschroe.
Meet Olivia who is studying with CAPA in London, UK. Olivia posts as ojschroe.

Olivia says:  My name is Olivia, and I am a junior studying marketing communications. I have always wanted to study abroad and London seemed like the perfect place! While I am not looking forward to the infamous weather, I am excited to spend this semester living and studying in such a beautiful city.

heather
Meet Heather who is studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia for the spring semester. Heather posts as hcgordon.

Heather says:  My name is Heather, and I am a junior Hospitality Management major! I’m studying at the University of Sunshine Coast in Brisbane Australia!!  I have lived in Laguna Hills, California my entire life and did not know one person when starting college at Ole Miss! I can remember how scared and nervous I felt traveling all the way to Mississippi to start a new adventure… So imagine the feelings I have going alone to AUSTRALIA!  I know this is bound to be the absolute best adventure of my entire life! So happy to have you along for the journey! Stay tuned!!

Meet Thompson who is studying at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso, Chile during the spring semester.  Thompson blogs as tsbarr2014.
Meet Thompson who is studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile during the spring semester. Thompson posts as tsbarr2014.

Thompson says: I’m a junior International Studies major, and I’ll be studying in Valparaíso, Chile for the upcoming semester! I’ve always wanted to go to South America, and this semester is going to be an incredible time. I’m really excited to increase my Spanish fluency, experience a new culture, hike some great trails, and spend some time in Patagonia, among other things!

FALL 2013

Gracie Boland, currently studying in Angers, France at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest.
Meet Gracie Boland, who is currently studying in Angers, France at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  Gracie posts as gracieboland.

Gracie says: Hi! I am Gracie Boland, a junior International Studies major. I am studying abroad in Angers, France at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. My goals while abroad are to gain fluency in French, learn about the French culture, and have en experience of a lifetime! I will be living with a host family, and I plan to travel to as many countries as a I can while in Europe! Bisous Bisous!

Meet Haley Kesterson, who is currently studying abroad in Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Meet Haley Kesterson, who is currently studying abroad in Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Haley says: I have always been the adventurous child in my family. I love my school and Ole Miss, but studying abroad was an opportunity to extend beyond my normal everyday living. I love the beach and the sun so Australia seemed like the perfect place. I am so lucky my school has such great opportunities to study abroad. If I didn’t take this opportunity, I would miss out on one of the biggest adventures of my life.

Currently studying abroad at the University of Leeds
Meet Gabrielle Campo, who is currently studying abroad in Leeds, United Kingdom, at the University of Leeds.

Gabrielle says: My name is Gabrielle Campo and I am from a small town just north of New Orleans, LA. Coming to Ole Miss was a huge step for me. I knew I wanted to go to school somewhere outside of Louisiana and try something new. Not knowing anyone, I dove right in and immediately fell in love with Ole Miss. How could I not? After passing by a couple of study abroad fairs and seeing some older students disappear for a semester or two to other countries, I thought studying abroad would be the experience of a lifetime for me. I began looking into it my sophomore year, but it wasn’t until this semester (my senior year) that I was able to make it happen. So I’m thrilled to say that I am currently writing this from my room on campus at The University of Leeds, in Leeds, England! I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve already made so many friends and am starting to really get immersed into the British culture. It’s been snowing a LOT and the people love my American accent. The professors in the School of Food Sciences (Dietetics and Nutrition at Ole Miss) are all very embracing of me and are helping me through the differences between teaching methods. I’m hoping to gain a new perspective and culture myself beyond my Louisiana and Mississippi roots and I know that after five months, that will certainly happen! I hope you enjoy my blog!

Meet Drew Carter, who is currently studying abroad in Angers, France, at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest.
Meet Drew Carter, who is currently studying abroad in Angers, France, at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.

Drew says:  My name is Drew Carter and I am from Mansfield, OH and am currently studying the French language in Angers, France.  I am an avid photographer and I really have a big desire for adventure and exploration.  I plan on visiting various countries in Western Europe during my seventh month study abroad, and going to visit friends around Europe during the summer.  I also anticipate delving into the thriving electronic music scene in Europe.

Meet Ginny Geddie, who is currently studying abroad in Montpellier, France, at the Université Paul Valéry.
Meet Ginny Geddie, who is currently studying abroad in Montpellier, France, at the Université Paul Valéry.

Ginny says: I’m Ginny, a junior French major.  Currently, I’m in Montpellier, France, where I’m living with a host family.  I’ll be here until the beginning of May, studying Occitan and Linguistics at the Université Paul Valéry.  While here, I’m looking forward to experiencing as much of Southern culture as I possibly can.  This isn’t my first time doing study abroad (I did a summer program for my Russian minor, and was an exchange student in Slovakia back in high school), but this is promising to be different from anything I’ve ever done before!

Meet Byron Head, who is currently studying abroad on the CIEE program in Rabat, Morocco.
Meet Byron Head, who is currently studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco, on the CIEE semester Language and Culture program.  Byron posts as bchead.

Byron says: My name is Byron Head. I’m a junior studying International Studies and Arabic, so I figured studying abroad in Morocco would be both fun and beneficial to my degree. I’m doing an immersive language and culture program in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, with CIEE. Outside of school, I enjoy playing Ultimate, volunteering with kids, and eating copious amounts of Taco Bell.

Shruti Jaishankar
Meet Shruti Jaishankar, who is currently studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso.  Shruti posts as shrutijaishankar.

Shruti says: I’m a Junior and a triple major in International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved exploring different cultures and exposing others to my own. I love politics and languages, and studying abroad offered me the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in the way of life of a country I had little prior knowledge of. While I’m in Chile, I hope to travel within the country and within South America and experience the food and traditions. I also hope to do some research for my thesis, which I’m planning on writing on the Chilean Electoral System.

Thomas Womble, currently studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain at Universidad Publica de Navarra
Meet Thomas Womble, who is currently studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain at Universidad Publica de Navarra.  Thomas posts as mississippiwombat.

Thomas says: Well, I am from Batesville, MS, and was born and raised a Rebel fan. The thought of studying abroad really didn’t interest me until I got the chance to travel to Honduras for a mission trip in 2009. Our week there happened to be in the middle of the unrest caused by the ousting of the leader of the country, Manuel Zelaya. Our time there in the middle of political instability was incredible and intense, and I became obsessed with International Relations. Not long after, I enrolled in the Croft Institute to continue studying other countries. The reason I chose to study in Spain instead of a Latin American country (my language is Spanish) was a mix of fascination with Europe and the system of the European Union and current financial events in countries like Spain. While there, I will be studying Economics. I look forward to the challenge of total immersion of a foreign language, and I hope that this will help give me perspective into whether I wish to continue working toward a degree in International Business or Law.

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