I am very excited to have the opportunity to study abroad in France this summer through the Bagley College of Engineering. Along with 24 other Mississippi State engineering students, I will be taking Engineering Economy at Albi School of Mines and traveling all over Western Europe. With the group, I will be visiting Paris, Carcassonne, Barcelona, and London, and during my free week I will be visiting Venice and Rome with a few of the other students. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to experience some of the most iconic cities in Europe along with other students from Mississippi State. I have never been out of the country before so I feel a little more comfortable knowing that I will be on this trip with familiar people. In addition to my upcoming study abroad experience, I had the opportunity this summer to attend a leadership conference at the Mississippi University for Women. Throughout the week, I further developed my public speaking skills, deepened my understanding of government and politics, practiced various campaign strategies, and made connections with several state and local leaders that I believe will prove invaluable as I pursue internships down the road. I am looking forward to the opportunity to capitalize on these relationships as I seek an internship in D.C. next summer.