Rebekah Farrar (Class of 2009)

  • enlarged photo of Rebekah Farrar and red pandasenior Mathematics major
  • minors in French and Chinese
  • from Columbus, OH
  • earned a Fulbright scholarship in 2009

"Hi, I'm Rebekah Farrar. Although I love to solve math problems, I also love travel, foreign languages and music. At Miami I have a double minor in French and Chinese and I am completing my senior capstone in music performance (on viola). I studied in Lille, France to improve my French language skills and in Chengdu, China, to improve my Chinese.

"While traveling to China I became interested in Taiwan. I worked with Miami's Director of International Education to find award opportunities that would make living in Taiwan possible. My senior year I applied for a Fulbright scholarship and won, so next year I'll teach English to Taiwanese middle school students.

"I grew up in Columbus and wanted to attend school in Ohio, although not in my own back yard. One of the reasons I chose Miami is that anyone can be involved in music—you don't have to be a music major. Every semester I've been on campus I've taken viola lessons with a Miami professor and I've performed with Miami's orchestra and chamber orchestra. I even got to travel with the orchestra to perform in Luxembourg. At Miami I also discovered swing dancing. I joined the Swing Club and participated in swing exchanges like the Dayton Smack Down.

"My advice to students? Get out of your bubble. By that I mean get out of your comfort zone and find new passions."

[April 2009]