I graduated in July 2012 and spent some time working at home before moving back to Oxford, Mississippi to begin my Masters in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi US.
As part of my undergraduate degree, I began my year abroad at the University of Mississippi in 2010/2011. My decision to study here was based on my interest in certain areas of Southern history, but also to take the plunge and place myself in a region of the US that was fairly unfamiliar to me and what I believed would be the furthest away from home. My year abroad was without a doubt a challenging experience but an invaluable one for personal and academic growth. My time living in Mississippi cemented an obsession to understand the south, how it is thought about within the region and outside, as well as my interest in the value of international education.
Whilst studying for my Masters I have been working as a graduate assistant for the Division of Outreach within the University. My first year was spent working with international students coming to exchange or for English Language programs at the University. My second year has been spent delving into the world of grant writing research and social media marketing as the division endeavors to expand its operations.
I often think fondly of my time in Birmingham as it was an experience that opened doors for me. I made fantastic friendships and was challenged academically. I was also fortunate to be part of a small and supportive department which allowed me to look outside the confines of academia within the UK.