Peer Interview Q&A

For six weeks, Maddie Jackson embarked on her UGA study abroad to Paris this summer. Eagerly excited as third year public relations and political science double major, she left with an open heart and mind to what this city had to offer and how she could make the most of her time abroad.

Q: Walk me through how you decided to go to Paris. Were there other cities that you were looking at?

A: Ultimately it came down to the amount of time that we were gonna be spending there. When I saw that Paris was there and we were gonna be there for six weeks I knew that was a good amount of time to learn and also learn the city and its people.

Q: What parts of the city did you stay in?

A: We stayed about 10 to 15 minutes outside of the Eiffel Tower so we were pretty much in the heart of Paris. We were in walking distance to everything, the Eiffel Towel and the Arc de Triomphe.

Q: What did y’all do for fun when y’all didn’t have classes?

A: We definitely tried to visit as many of the big sites as we could right after class. Like we would try to get a certain amount of people to go do homework in front of the tower or go visit The Louvre. We just took in the city as much as we could and we went to so many different cafes and just kind of sat there.

Q: So are the museums there free or how does that work? Were y’all able to go in and out of them?

A: Yeah for The Louvre, it’s kind of cool how in the United States if you’re under 12 then you go into a lot of places for free, but in Europe it’s usually if you’re 26 or under then you get discounted. So almost every museum we went into we got in for free or less than five euros.

Q: How big was the cohort, do you feel like you got to know everyone?

A: Yeah for sure. I think there was 34 of us total and then it just depended. My first class I think there was seven of us in that class and in the second class there was fifteen, I think.

Q: Do y’all still hang out, like your cohort and the people you had classes with?

A: I haven’t yet. I did see two of them the first week of school just like in between classes but I haven’t actively tried to hang out with any of them yet.


Peer Interview

Upon entering her third year at UGA, Maddie Jackson decided to spend six weeks in Paris this summer immersing herself in an unfamiliar culture and learning from new experiences.

Without knowing anyone on the trip, Jackson left for Paris with a lot of anticipation of the friendships she would make and the community she could build abroad. Before choosing a roommate, she recalled looking over the list of names on the trip and saw one that stood out to be familiar.


“I recognized her name and I was like I’m pretty sure this girl lived on my hall freshman year like a couple rooms up from me and she was the only person I kind of knew and then we ended up being roommates,” says Jackson. Along with a new roommate, she quickly found that her cohort of 34 would soon become some of her closest friends.

On a typical day after class, Jackson and her friends sat out by the Eiffel Tower going over lectures and on weekends they visited museums in the area like The Louvre. They also became fond of the cafes in the area as she and her friends spent most of their time travelling by foot walking around and discovering different nooks of the city.

“We learned the metro pretty quickly but walking just gave you a different experience,” says Jackson, “We were in walking distance to everything. I ate so many crepes it was ridiculous. I think one time I had a banana and nutella crepe that I still dream about.”

Aside from sightseeing and dining, Jackson took two international affairs classes on the history of democracy in Paris and international terrorism, material she found relevant as a political science and public relations double major.

“Well the terrorism class focused a lot on ISIS,” says Jackson, “It’s very close to where we were and we went on a field trip after one of our classes and visited all the sites of the November attacks.”                                     FullSizeRender-1

In comparison to the traditional UGA lecture hall class setting, Jackson enjoyed this smaller learning environment because it forced her to be intentional and actively participate and interact with her professors and peers.

Jackson made the most of her summer in Paris taking classes that peaked her interests, forging new friendships, and immersing herself in a culture she will never forget.


News Review 8-26

News Review #1

Story: Cobb schools approve $1.5 million for new Harmony Leland, Clay elementary

Story description:

COBB COUNTY – Ga., The Board of Education approved the $1.5 million project of re-building two elementary schools in order to accommodate the growing population and work toward a new and improved learning environment. The two schools, Harmony Leland Elementary and Clay Elementary, will join and become one student body. There had been several complaints from parents, students, and other members of the community about the flooding, mold, and leaks in both schools. Atlanta based architects from Cunningham Forehand Matthews & Moore Architects are set to work on the project.

Why you selected the story:

I am always really interested in any news dealing with the education system or reform. I saw this headline and was intrigued by the amount of money and wanted to know what the county would be putting that toward and why, especially since a new school year just began. It is good to know that the county was able to pool resources together to rebuild these two elementary schools and create a better learning environment for their students, especially at the elementary level. Schools are a huge part of any community and I think it is important that students feel seen, heard, cared about, and respected. Pumping money into the education system can be motivating and mobilizing for the entire community not just the students and educators.

How was the story used or treated in social media:

AJC tweeted the link on their twitter page, the tweet didn’t generate very much activity, there was only one favorite.

There were no mentions of the story on their Facebook page.