Name: Darian Jones
Year at MSU: Senior
Area of Study: Humanities Pre-Law and Studio Art
What are you watching/reading right now?
I’m currently watching “Westworld” on HBO, and I’m reading Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman.
Where did you study abroad? Where have you traveled?
I studied abroad in Italy in a program for visual art, so I painted and studied the art museums and churches! When I was there, I was mostly in Venice, but I also went to Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Positano, Naples, Salerno, and Padua. I haven’t been to many other places, but I have been to Chicago, the Bahamas, Niagara Falls, Virginia Beach, and Disney World/Universal Studios.
What’s a favorite memory you have from traveling?
There was one night in Florence when my friends and I all hiked up to the Piazzale Michelangelo that overlooks the city to watch the sunset. We got wine and sat under the statue of David and listened to music. That was probably my favorite night ever. I also really just loved all of Positano.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer, in Michigan?
Definitely go to northern Michigan and go hiking to waterfalls, go to the beaches on Lake Michigan, and eat ice cream.
Why did you choose MSU for your studies?
A lot of the members of my family went here, and I’ve been a Spartan fan since I was little. I didn’t even consider going anywhere else.
What was something about MSU that surprised you?
I was surprised at how much MSU feels like a cohesive community. There are over 50,000 students here, which I thought would be overwhelming, but it really isn’t. Everyone just sort of belongs here because there are so many different types of people with all different experiences and backgrounds.
Where do you hope to travel to next?
I hope to travel to other places in Europe next, specifically Greece and France, and to go back to Italy, because I loved it so much. I also want to go to Australia soon!
Typically, do you over-pack or under-pack on a trip?
I definitely over-pack, whether I’m going on a long trip or just going to someone’s house for the night.
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