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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #10
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #10
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Spring 2020 #10-Quarantine Edition

 March 30, 2020

April Fish Day Is No Joke

While the current state of affairs is definitely not a laughing matter, April Fool's Day is coming up this week. Traditionally, newspapers publish articles which are actually jokes, but are sometimes taken seriously, such as the development of the AIrcraft Carrier Juncker a few years back ( Following are links to some of the "fake news" from April 2019, including the proposed implementation of a tax on large dogs 🐶.
One of the great things about studying in a small country like Luxembourg is that traditions from neighboring countries are often celebrated as well. Although many of us are accustomed to partaking (or receiving) in practical pranks and jokes for April Fool's Day, French-speakers around here actually celebrate April Fish Day (poission d'avril). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed.
So get some paper, tape and creativity and channel your inner practical joker and join in the tradition of stealthily putting a fish on someone's back. Since most of us are in quarantine and practicing social distancing, this is the perfect opportunity to have some fun with friends and family! 
  • Student Faculty Council Profile- Kayla Jones 
    • MUDEC Internship Profile- Jake McCorkle
    • Thank You, Luxembourg-Chapter 1 Excerpt
    • Will You Be My Bretzeltine?- Continued
    • Travel (Home) Misadventure

    Student Faculty Council Profile:

    Meet Kayla Jones

    Kayla Jones- Spring 2020 Junior Editor

    MUDEC junior Kayla Jones majors in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Jones was born in Centerville, Ohio and is a part of the National Residence Hall Honorary at Miami. 

    1. Tell us a little bit about your position on the SFC.
    I serve as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair and in my role I have the special opportunity to be the voice that raises the view of different and unique perspectives with the goal of being inclusive to everyone in the MUDEC community as well as out of it. My goal now that we are back in the United States is to move forward and see what we can plan for now, in the present, and what events we can plan in the future after Corona blows over.

    2. Why did you want to be the Diversity and Inclusion Chair?

    I wanted to be the Diversity and Inclusion Chair because making sure that everyone feels included, wanted and that they belong is important to me. Everyone knows how it feels to be the odd-ball out or to be looked at negatively for being different, whatever that may be, and I’m here to always raise the point of inclusion--whether that be ordering gluten-free and vegan-free options at events to making the names of events neutral so as not to exclude anyone. I also had the fantastic opportunity to be a SOUL this past summer and I learned a lot about, well, diversity and inclusion, and I wanted to apply my insight to this role.

    3. What are you most looking forward to as the Diversity and Inclusion Chair?

    Well, currently I am in quarantine. But post-actually-being-in-Luxembourg, I look forward to finding creative ways that are inclusive to all of my fellow MUDECers and to still try to engage the MUDEC class of 2020 and navigate around the challenges that Corona presents in planning group activities. Even though we don’t see each other face-to-face anymore, we can still try to do virtual activities and even plan for a MUDEC celebration when we all return to Oxford in the fall.

    4. Why did you choose to study abroad with MUDEC?

    I chose to study abroad with MUDEC because it is a program and experience that is different from anything I would have chosen. I have always wanted to study abroad, but never dreamed of Luxembourg; my second major next to journalism is spanish and I knew I would study abroad in Latin America or South America at some point in my Miami career. I was consistently comfortable with knowing I would study abroad in a spanish-speaking country every time I brought up studying abroad, but it was one day in early September during my second year when a professor asked me if I had ever considered Luxembourg-- I said no. Every time I thought about Luxembourg, it felt new, unfamiliar and made my comfort zone wobble --but in the good-make-me-grow-and-reform-as-a-person-kind of way. At that moment, I knew this was the program for me. If I felt hesitant about uncharted territory, I knew I should venture and just go for it and that it would be a great adventure and even better memory when I looked back on this experience. 

    5. What is a fun fact that most people do not know about you?
    A fun fact about me that most people do not know is that when I was 12, me and my family went on vacation and we went horseback riding in the Tennessee mountains and the horse that I was riding, Mrs. Pumpkin, tried to throw me off a cliff.

    6. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

    Fleeing Europe and getting quarantined.


    MUDEC Internship Profile:

    Meet Jake McCorkle

    Jake McCorkle

    MUDEC junior Jake McCorkle majors in Finance and minors in Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship. McCorkle was born in Columbus, Ohio.

    1. Tell us a little bit about your internship in Luxembourg: where you interned, the location of your internship, what you did when you were there. Has your internship changed in any way since returning to the United States?
    This semester, I am interning for Marcin Jasinski, an independent management consultant based in Luxembourg. Marcin asked me to create a website for him to enhance his digital presence. After several weeks of work, we finally launched the site on March 15. If you're curious to check it out, feel free to visit and let me know what you think! Ironically enough, this has been an entirely remote internship. I have been communicating with him via WhatsApp calls and have been working on the projects on my own time, which has given me flexibility to balance other priorities in my life like school and family time.

    2. Why did you want to intern with this company?

    I wanted to work for Marcin because I saw the opportunity as a challenge to expand on my current skill set while gaining exposure in a global business setting. It has been interesting to learn from Marcin, who has had a successful career in dynamic business leadership roles across Europe. He has been exceptionally kind to me and I am grateful for his mentorship.

    3. Why did you want to intern while abroad?

    One of the reasons I originally chose to come to MUDEC was because of the internship program. In August 2019, I met Andy at a MUDEC event and he shared the program details with me. Overall, I saw the internship program as a big differentiator compared to the rest of the study abroad programs.

    4. What are you most excited for in your internship?

    As I continue my relationship with Marcin, I am most excited to see what the creation of the website leads to. Literally anyone in the world with an internet connection can visit the site, so who knows what kind of feedback we may receive.

    5. Why did you choose to study abroad with MUDEC and what are you looking forward to now that you are back in the U.S.?
    Both of my brothers attended Miami, but they did not choose to study abroad for a full semester. After sending my admission deposit to Miami, I soon found myself pressured to study abroad by both of them. I have had several friends attend MUDEC and come back with exceptional reviews, so it was a no-brainer. Now that I'm back in the U.S., I'm excited to spend time with my family.

    6. What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you? 

    The summer after my senior year of high school, I worked for a brief stint as the Chick-Fil-A cow. On July 3rd of that year, I found myself in a 95 degree (Fahrenheit) cow mascot suit handing out countless CFA sandwiches during downtown Columbus' "Red, White, and Boom" celebrations. It's both the best and worst job I have ever had.

    Thank You, Luxembourg

    Chapter 1-50th Anniversary Celebration

    One Magical Week

    MUDEC professors, Miami delegation, with Crown Prince Guillaume
    Over the coming weeks, we are going to serialize excerpts from each chapter of the Thank You, Luxembourg 50th Anniversary Book. Today, Chapter 1.
    "MUDEC’s 50th Anniversary celebration in October, 2018, was one of the most significant and awe-inspiring celebrations this program has seen. The registration site was flooded with MUDEC alumni, and registrations had to be stopped 3 months in advance as an event planned for 250 alumni became a 700+ extravaganza. Alumni from almost every class were represented as we all gathered in Luxembourg for a week to celebrate the lasting impact of this program."
    "Not every alumnus could make it to the 50th Anniversary celebrations in Luxembourg, so celebrations were also held at various locations around the United States."
    Columbus celebration in the US

    Will You Be My Bretzeltine?-- Continued

    (Left to right) Kayla Jones, Carly Davidson, Maddie Weitz, Paige Hassett and Maddie Banyas Alex King
    Kayla Jones
    A pastry, coffee, and a pretzel
    Travel Section Banner

    Travel Misadventures

    After students' first few weekends of independent travel, a few epic blunders are bound to happen. Although never expected and never wanted, we welcome them here. Next up, and continuing the tradition, is a MUDEC student who embarked to the United States, but first, took an involuntary pitstop at the airport.
    Corona and Chicago and... people passing out at the airport?
    This MUDEC girl headed to the United States after hearing the news that MUDEC students had to get out of dodge.
    Meet Maddie Rossero and join her for this week's episode of:
    My Wild Journey Home From Luxembourg:
    "I had a crazy time getting home from Luxembourg two weeks ago. I spent hours on hold trying to change my flight and eventually ended up buying a new one that was due to make stops in Munich and Chicago before my final destination in Cleveland. Everything went smoothly until I got to Chicago. I waited in a sea of lines for almost 6 hours! People were passing out from heat and begging the airport staff for food.
    Finally they caved and they gave us some pretty nice?? snacks right out of the gift shop for free. After I got out of the line, I had missed every flight to Cleveland for the rest of the day. I ended up staying at a hotel and just driving from Chicago to Cleveland. Now I am home and safely in quarantine for what seems like is going to be a while! Äddi!"
    Maddison Rossero waiting in the airport in Chicago for more than six hours.
    Odds and Ends
    Birthdays This Week 
    Have a Corona-tastic birthday! Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!
    Lani Rohrer (Monday March 30)
    Lani Rohrer
    Lani Rohrer
    This Week's Schedule

    Monday-Friday: Spring Break (didn't you notice?)

    Château & Administrative Hours
    Aerial view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

    Administrative Hours

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