Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome Week on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast…

By Melissa Ravencraft

Study Abroad was invited to participate in Welcome Week on the Long Beach campus. We were so excited; we packed up our things and…ROAD TRIP!

Jess and I made the drive down, found the Rotunda, and then found the perfect parking spot only to discover it was “reserved”. We decided that reservation was for us (grin).

We grabbed our gear and walked inside to set up at the best table with our name on it – thank you Christy Bjork Elias! Shortly after the event began two of our international exchange students from Spain walked up to say hi! They are taking a class on the coast twice a week and commute from Hattiesburg – hola amigos!

Our table was certainly an attention grabber, it always is! With so many colorful rack cards for each of our programs and destinations for students to earn USM credit around the world, who wouldn’t be interested in at least hearing more? Many students stopped on their way to classes and seemed genuinely interested in studying abroad. Of course we were stoked, it’s our favorite thing to talk about!

It was a fantastic day, with plenty of chances to talk about the many opportunities available for Southern Miss students to study abroad.

BUT, the next time we visit our sister campus, I think some of our study abroad alumni should come with us! Students like to hear from students, and our gulf coast friends need more opportunities to reap the benefit of talking with students who’ve actually studied abroad!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful fall semester, and make sure you sign up for “The Scoop”, so you are in the know about all things study abroad!

Hasta la vez próxima…

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