Study Abroad Update from Taylor

We heard from Taylor Johnson, McNair Scholar in the public relations program at NMU about her experience with study abroad so far. Taylor was abroad for the fall and winter semesters of 2013 and 2014. She recently filled us in a little on her travels.

Taylor Johnson Tower Bridge

Above: Taylor by Tower Bridge in London, England

“I have been studying in Germany since September and my experience has been nothing short of great. The purpose of me coming here was to complete my German minor. Since being here I have met so many people literally from all over the world. It has to be the most refreshing, enlightening and engaging experience I have ever had. And not only have I been able to travel throughout Germany, but also Europe.

Taylor Johnson Pest

Above: Taylor overlooking Pest in Budapest, Hungary


When I return to the States in about two weeks, I will be graduating from NMU with a Bachelors of Arts in public relations accompanied with a minor in German. I plan to work in my field for about a year or so then continue on to graduate school, pursuing a masters in international affairs.

I deeply encourage everyone to study abroad, even if it’s only for 6 weeks. It will be the best decision you have ever made in your academic, career and personal life.”

Taylor Johnson Frankfurt

Above: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Previously, during Taylor’s time as a McNair Scholar, she worked with her mentor Dr. Jes Thompson in the Communication and Performance Studies Department on a research project entitled “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mediated Modeling Process: A Case Study of the Weeks Bay Marsh Project”. The work sought to improve communication between scientists working to reduce pollution in the gulf-coast and the community members and stakeholders of that area. Taylor has been active an active member of the NMU student body in general, and in the McNair program in particular. Her accomplishments are a great testament to how hard work pays off. Well done Taylor!