This blog is the final in a summer series by Manship School students who are traveling throughout Europe this summer as a part of LSU’s Media & Politics in Europe study abroad program. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at media, politics, policy, democracy and more as students meet with world leaders in London, Paris, Normandy, Brussels, Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin.
Throughout the month of June, Manship School students traveled around Europe to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Prague and examined strategies used by the governments, political parties, political consultants and activists to influence the news media. They visited and learned about the role of mainstream and non-mainstream media outlets in these countries. While their trip may be over, the experiences they gained overseas will forever change the way they perceive the world.
We asked a couple of these world-traveling students to share their experience with us.
What was your favorite part of the trip?
My favorite part of the trip was learning and interpreting the world alongside brilliant minds (both professors and students) that I can continue to learn from in Baton Rouge. I learned about different political views, different thought processes, and different ways to work through dilemmas. -Arden Hooper
Throughout my time studying in Europe, I experienced so many incredible things. I learned about Europe’s rich history, many different types of political systems and how they function and, most importantly, I learned how to communicate effectively with people from different cultures. -Samantha Lanham
How did this study abroad experience affect your outlook on your future career?
This trip has changed my outlook on my career completely. I’ve fallen deeper in love with the career of communications and I now know that I want to one day work for a humanitarian organization. I want to use my communication skills to make a difference in this world. -Samantha Lanham
Our classes on media ethics and real-life examples of acting ethically will undoubtedly influence my decision-making in my future career. -Arden Hooper
Overall, this program allowed me to expand my thinking in a way that I never thought possible, and I will be forever grateful for this experience. -Arden Hooper
Thanks to the Manship School, my amazing professors and this opportunity of a lifetime, I’ve found my passion. -Samantha Lanham