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Mariana Satterly – I came to The University of Georgia with four goals: throw some disc, sing in an a cappella group, learn to swing dance, and travel as much as possible. I’ve been able to pursue each of these goals to its completion, a fact of which I’m very proud, and their intersection has proved rather incredible.

Ramsey Scholar Mariana Satterly

The summer after freshman year, I spent Maymester in Morocco, where I chased Arabic and intercultural discourse across the country. A family in Marrakech provided me a home away from home, and I taught newly learned swing steps to my homestay sisters in exchange for belly dancing lessons. I still miss the couscous served every Friday, and I brought green tea back with me. My prized Frisbee from two happy semesters playing ultimate on the Myers quad somehow found its way into the Sahara Desert, where I can only imagine it still lies today.

I brought a new disc with me to Montana the following summer, where I fulfilled a two-month internship at MPG Ranch, a conservation property nestled in the Bitterroot Valley. There I served as a jack-of-all-trades intern, aiding vegetation surveys and field crews as MPG rehabilitated logged forests and dewatered riparian areas. My final project was a report articulating the feasibility of operating MPG as a nonprofit, a task that introduced me to environmental law and the economics of small businesses. Before I headed home, I rafted in white waters and lazy rivers, swing danced to the tunes of a bluegrass band, and in the mountains lost another disc.

The semester following Montana, I studied at Oxford University in England. Under professors deemed world experts in their fields, I took courses in biblical literature, environmental economics, and British modernism. I sang three times a week with the Keble College Chapel Choir and made new friends over field days in the University Parks. I discovered that the British love lindy hopping, and I discovered that I had fulfilled to an overwhelming degree my goals from freshman year.

I cannot imagine what my undergraduate education would have looked like without expanding my literature surveys in England or without adding relevant legal studies to my economic emphasis in public policy. I’ve lost and regained more Frisbees than I thought possible, I’ve sung at the Morton Theatre in Athens and cathedrals in England, and I have danced from Fez to Rome and back again. Talk about success.

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Katie Googe – The summer before my first year at UGA, I participated in the inaugural Washington-Oxford Transatlantic Shakespeare program. Sponsored by UGA and supervised by a graduate student and two professors (one from UGA and one from Oxford), this program was an incredible experience on both sides of the Atlantic and an excellent introduction to college life. The program lasted eight weeks – four in Washington, DC and four in Oxford, England. Each half also had a distinct purpose in furthering our understanding of Shakespeare’s life and works.

In Washington, we did research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the premiere Shakespeare library in the world. We participated in workshops with Folger faculty on how to teach Shakespeare; had classes, readings, and excursions with Dr. Fran Teague from UGA; and saw three plays performed by companies in the DC area. Each of us conducted research on a topic of our choosing and presented our findings as a final project. My research was on gender and performance, specifically the history of women playing male roles.

In Oxford, we worked with Dr. Elisabeth Dutton of Trinity College, attending several productions in London and Stratford and responding to them through essays. We also presented an abridged performance of Pericles as our final project, using the UGA Oxford house as a performance space. Our large classes were dedicated to examining performance techniques and learning about the history of performance, while in our tutorials we analyzed the performances we had seen. Through the program we developed a more complex and nuanced understanding of Shakespeare from many different angles.

This past spring I participated in UGA en España’s spring semester in Valencia. We started in Madrid, exploring the Spanish capital for a few days before traveling to Valencia. There we took classes from the professors at the University of Valencia. I attended events put on by the international relations department of the university, participated in a conversation exchange with a Spanish student, and was a teaching assistant for an English professor’s upper-level English language class.

My main goals for the program were to improve my Spanish, finish requirements for my Romance languages major, and try out life abroad. It was a valuable and safe way to learn how to live in a new country, culture, and language. My experience as a TA in Valencia was especially influential. I want to teach English language and literature at the university level as a career, and this was my first experience in the environment in which I want to work.

student intern working in global health in tanzania

Moira Fennell – I spent four weeks in Cannes, France on UGA’s Grady in Cannes Maymester program. In the first two weeks, I attended the Cannes International Film Festival, where I networked with professionals from the film industry and watched premieres of movies, such as Foxcatcher and How to Train Your Dragon 2, that would be out in America later this year. In the second two weeks, I honed my writing skills in Dr. Nate Kohn’s class as I learned how to craft an interesting and well-supported film review, and I gained a better understanding of the intricacies of the business deals made behind the camera in Dr. Jen Smith’s class on the business of film.

Our professors’ insights and encouragement were invaluable in the classroom and in our navigation of the festival. They dedicated themselves to helping us experience as much as possible. As a mass media arts and economics double major, I benefited immensely from exploring the film market in Cannes and talking to producers, distributors, and marketers. It was an incredible experience that taught me so much and connected me with people who may be able to help me break into the industry once I graduate.

Heather Huynh – The UGA Science Maymester in Cortona program was one of the best experiences of my life. I delved into Italian culture while taking two classes – Introduction to Italian Art and Biology for Medicine. The classes increased my awareness of the historical and religious significance of Italian art and inspired a newfound interest in infectious diseases. As part of the art history course, we traveled to Siena, Florence, and Rome on the weekends.

Additionally, we had three free days in the middle of the trip, which I used to travel to Sorrento, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast with other students. In the future, I’d like to pursue research opportunities in infectious diseases on campus as well as return to Italy one day. And since I threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance of that!​


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