College of Arts & Science at Miami University
Rebekah Farrar (Class of 2009)
- senior mathematics major (with double minor in French and Chinese)
- from Columbus, OH
- earned a Fulbright scholarship in 2009
"Hi, I'm Rebekah Farrar. Although I love to solve math problems, I also love travel, foreign languages and music. At Miami I have a double minor in French and Chinese and I am completing my senior capstone in music performance (on viola). I studied in Lille, France to improve my French language skills and in Chengdu, China, to improve my Chinese.
[Keep up with Rebekah's travels on her blog — A Year Away.]
While traveling to China I became interested in Taiwan. I worked with Miami's Director of International Education to find award opportunities that would make living in Taiwan possible. My senior year I applied for a Fulbright scholarship and won, so next year I'll teach English to Taiwanese middle school students.
I grew up in Columbus and wanted to attend school in Ohio, although not in my own back yard. One of the reasons I chose Miami is that anyone can be involved in music — you don't have to be a music major. Every semester I've been on campus I've taken viola lessons with a Miami professor and I've performed with Miami's orchestra and chamber orchestra. I even got to travel with the orchestra to perform in Luxembourg. At Miami I also discovered swing dancing. I joined the Swing Club and participated in swing exchanges like the Dayton Smack Down.
My advice to students? Get out of your bubble. By that I mean get out of your comfort zone and find new passions."