Kaitlyn Read, Modern Languages Student Ambassador
When she’s not reading French lit and traveling to France, Kaitlyn is studying Korean in preparation for a career as a diplomat—her ultimate goal. She’s the next generation to bring countries and cultures together in search of peaceful solutions to global conflict.
Why did you decided to double major International Studies and French?
I had a variety of experiences that lead me to this decision. The most prominent two were, taking a French course in high school, and hosting a foreign exchange student from France. These experiences helped me realize that I wanted to learn about culture on a deeper level. Majoring in both French and International Studies would offer opportunities outside of teaching, and allow me to explore the multiple facets of various cultures. I’m also studying Korean.
What attracted you to the University of Mississippi?
The University of Mississippi is one of the best universities in the South to study language because there are a lot of ways to learn language outside the classroom, like clubs and study abroad.
Have you had a particularly memorable experience with a professor or mentor?
As president of the French Club and French Book Club, I worked pretty closely with our faculty advisor, Marta Chevalier. She was first my French professor here and ever since, she has not been able to get rid of me.She has been a supportive resource for not only me, but other students as well. If I’m stressing or worrying, she reminds me that it’s ok to ask for help. I think that’s been one of the most important things I could learn.
What are your career plans?
Long term, I would like to be a UN Ambassador. I love how the United Nations works to bring the world together and help its people. After joining the Model United Nations team here, I’ve discovered I’m passionate about helping refugees. There’s a nonprofit called Liberty in North Korea that works to assist refugees with rescue and resettlement, and I’d love to work for them some day as well.
What’s your go-to restaurant in Oxford?
If I want to be full meal,I am definitely going to Ajax to get the fried catfish dinner with lima beans, black-eyed peas, and cornbread, and sweet tea. What can I say? Home-cooked southern food is the best there is. Every time my family comes into town, that’s where I take them to. The atmosphere is precious, and it’s right on the square! It’s an Oxford staple. If I want a snack, you can find me at one of the sonic cubicles ordering mozzarella sticks.
What are you binge watching on Netflix?
On Netflix, I’m really into Parks and Rec right now. Honestly, anything funny is something I’d watch. Mainly though, I watch a lot of YouTube. I use YouTube to chill, relax my brain, and just get a good laugh.