What discoveries could you make at Miami?

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Be inspired by the experiences of our College of Arts and Science students:


Kelsey McCready

Kelsey McCready

Class of 2016
Majors: Journalism, Strategic Communication

Through "Inside New York," one of Miami’s faculty-led study away programs, Kelsey experienced the ultimate insider’s view of the city with classmates and journalism faculty. Meeting with industry leaders at media companies and publication houses such as Vanity Fair, Spotify, and Forbes, expanded Kelsey’s horizons to not only learn about the brands themselves, but about options for her life after college.

"I learned so many valuable things that just couldn’t be taught in a classroom. Experiencing day-to-day life in the professional world gave me a concept of what to expect when I have my first job. And having a faculty member lead the trip made the program that much more enjoyable."


Rithvik Venna

Rithvik Venna

Class of 2015
Major: Zoology
Minor: Neuroscience

Rithvik’s passion for scientific research took him from a pre-med track to co-founding a company with fellow zoology student Michael Markesbery (Class of 2015). Through rigorous testing, they created a high-tech jacket insulated with aerogel, the lightest solid on earth, to keep athletes warm without the bulk. And with the help of Miami’s Center for Entrepreneurship — open to students in any major — the team created a business plan that took them from prototype to product.

"It was a lot of implementing skills from classes and our experiences with scientific experimentation. The biggest thing we learned is persistence. Some days are good, and some days, or weeks, or even months, are terrible. But then you’ll have a good day and you’ll realize it’s all worth it."


Ethan Wotring

Ethan Wotring

Class of 2016
Majors: International Studies, Economics
Minor: Arabic

To enhance his minor in Arabic, Ethan studied in Amman, Jordan. The program is just one of the many study abroad options Miami offers our students. Through the guidance of our International Studies office, we make it so easy that nearly 40% of our students participate. Maybe that’s why Miami ranks #2 nationally for study abroad participation among public doctoral institutions.

"This was my first time in the Middle East, and I hope not my last. I had the opportunity to live among people who are different from me, and as I learned more about their culture and lives, I realized that we are more similar than I thought. This experience has helped me as a Resident Assistant to look past perceived differences within my community and help my residents find what they have in common."