Lara Cox trades Columbia scenery for Switzerland

Maddie Davis

Junior Lara Cox plans to spend next year studying abroad. Photo by Halley Hollis
Q: Where are you planning to study abroad?
A: Switzerland.
Q: Can you speak the language?
A: Well they speak French where I’m going, and I’ve taken four levels of that.
Q: Are you fluent?
A: No, not really.
Q: When did you decide you were going to go to Switzerland?
A: I wanted to do it my junior year, so I started looking into my sophomore year, but I was like a week past the deadline to do this program.
Q: What program are you going through?
A: Rotary.
Q: Are you graduating early to do it?
A: Yeah.
Q: So will this count for your high school or college credits?
A: It’ll still count for high school. It’ll basically be like my senior year, but they just wanted me to graduate early so that way I wouldn’t have to worry about credits and stuff.
Q: How long will you be gone for?
A: A year. Well a school year. So probably around nine months.
Q: When are you leaving?
A: I think the first week in August.
Q: What sparked your interest in studying abroad?
A: I had a friend who went to France and did it and really liked it. And also taking French made me really interested in it.
Q: What do you plan on doing after your year abroad?
A: Well I’ll probably come back here, and then I’m just planning on going to college somewhere.
Q: Do you have any idea of where you want to go?
A: Hopefully Texas, if I get accepted.
Q: Do you know if you plan on majoring in French or anything?
A: Probably not majoring in it, but I am definitely interested in language stuff because I’ll be fluent by the time I come back.
Q: Are you nervous or excited for it?
A: Both. I know it’s going to be hard, but I also know it’s going to really cool. I definitely think it will be worth it.
Q: Do you ever wish you weren’t going?
A: Sometimes when I see the senior stuff at the end of the year because I know that I’ll miss all of that with my friends, but, like I said, I think it will definitely be worth it.
Q: Are you scared about going at all?
A: Not really. I know that I will miss people, but that’s about it.
Q: What do your family and your friends think of you going?
A: I mean they are supportive, but at the same time they don’t want me to go because they won’t see me for a whole year. My parents have been supportive even though it’s kind of sad for them, but they think it will be a really good experience for me.
By Maddie Davis