Travel Changes You – Ole Miss News

Travel Changes You – Ole Miss News

Several of the Ole Miss college students who participated within the School of Journalism and New Media’s examine overseas journey to Italy collect for a gaggle picture in Florence. Photo by Mark Dolan

OXFORD, Miss. Each night time in his Florence condo, Mark Dolan opened the shutters of the screenless home windows and let the cool air rush in as he fell asleep to the sound of individuals speaking on the cobblestone streets 4 tales down.

“Many of them (had been) leaving the bars, some laughing, others arguing, and although I do not communicate a lot Italian, I understood a lot,” the University of Mississippi professor mentioned. “Their voices would rise amid the terra cotta tile roofs.”

Getting used to the rhythms of Italian life modified Dolan, his three colleagues and the 52 Ole Miss college students who participated in a examine overseas program in Italy this summer time.

An teacher teaches Ole Miss journalism college students about grape varieties within the area throughout their keep in Florence. Photo by Mark Dolan

Dolan, an affiliate professor of multimedia journalism within the UM School of Journalism and New Media, taught an 8 am images class known as “Smartphone Storytelling” that coated taking pictures and modifying with iPhones and utilizing layering and masking strategies to supply photographs that may very well be a journalistic or fantastic artwork.

“It’s a type of immersion in a spot, and then you definitely understand you have solely scratched the floor,” Dolan mentioned. “… After the primary picture task, a lot of the problem was the way to escape the cliches – the wine glasses, motor scooters and espresso cups. …

“To try this in a rustic so visually wealthy was rewarding professionally. … The cities we inhabited turned expansive school rooms, these precise historical cities of Renaissance – Florence, Venice, Rome.”

Dolan mentioned he hopes the expertise enriched his college students.

“Being in faculty is the proper age to face by yourself in a world that’s completely totally different from every thing you recognize – and to be liable for your self and the deadlines inside what had been typically 12-hour days,” he mentioned.

“You come to grasp your self, paradoxically, by being outdoors of your self. It’s a beautiful second of change, of changing into, a vastly empowering expertise.”

The group spent three weeks in Florence, with facet journeys that included San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa and Venice. After leaving Florence, they spent 4 days in Sorrento and a closing week in Rome with a cease at Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

RJ Morgan, affiliate educational professor of journalism and built-in advertising and marketing communications who taught a course known as “Writing With Voice” was impressed by how college students articulated their sights, sounds and feelings when experiencing many unusual-however-lovely settings for the primary time.

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence is close to the place Ole Miss college students attended courses throughout a summer time examine overseas journey organized by the School of Journalism and New Media. Photo by Mark Dolan

“Having the flexibility to decelerate and take note of the world round you at a deep sufficient stage to have the ability to write about it’s a helpful ability each professionally and personally,” he mentioned. “The extra particulars you are skilled to note and observe, the extra vivid and lasting these recollections will likely be.”

Christina Sparks, educational affiliate professor of IMC, taught “Brand and Relationship Strategies.” Students discovered how manufacturers are positioned and marketed in another way in numerous nations.

“They found new manufacturers, in addition to present manufacturers,” Sparks mentioned. “One instance is Nutella. It is an Italian model that’s nicely-developed in Europe however marketed in another way within the US”

Students additionally explored cultural communication issues of worldwide manufacturers and offered their analysis to the category.

“You get to know them and have the chance to be part of their increasing perspective and deeper studying expertise as they discover totally different cultures and develop broader pondering,” she mentioned.

Jason Cain, interim IMC program coordinator and assistant professor of built-in advertising and marketing communications, taught a category known as “Global Communication Systems.” He loved witnessing college students navigate Rome.

“It’s an enormous metropolis that simply so occurs to be constructed into and on high of a really previous metropolis,” Cain mentioned. “Many college students discover it fairly daunting, and numerous them by no means fairly recover from the tradition shock.

“However, a lot of them do, and by the final couple of days, have actually dug themselves into what I imagine is likely one of the prettiest cities on Earth.”

Ole Miss scholar Ben Johnson (proper) shares a meal with classmates throughout their keep in Italy for a examine overseas journey this summer time organized by the School of Journalism and New Media. Photo by Mark Dolan

Cain mentioned he hopes college students understand persons are each totally different and related, which creates alternatives and problems in international communication. He hopes college students develop from stepping outdoors their very own experiences and that the journey made them curious and hungry for extra adventures.

“There’s little doubt a stage of privilege concerned in with the ability to journey all over the world,” he mentioned. “I’m always looking for methods to make it extra accessible for extra college students as a result of I really feel that, for individuals who can, if you end up put in a scenario the place you’re in a spot lengthy sufficient to be one thing greater than a vacationer, I believe it adjustments you.”

Cain mentioned he was modified by touring overseas and has witnessed the identical progress in college students.

“I hope on the finish of the day, they higher comprehend that there are folks in all these locations all around the globe not so totally different from them, with their very own hopes, desires and fears,” he mentioned.

In reality, one Sunday in Rome, Dolan attended Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica. While according to a household from Wichita, he discovered he wanted a ticket. So a priest from South Korea took off his backpack and generously gave Dolan the additional one he had.

“The household held my place in line, and I ended up on the entrance row,” Dolan mentioned. “There I used to be on a ground consisting of tiny mosaic tiles from the 1600s – no pews, folding chairs – and getting to listen to a residing pope. Awesome.”

To be taught extra about this examine overseas journey, the programs supplied and the School of Journalism and New Media’s future adventures, go to

Leave a Reply