For the most part, freshman Hannah Dorey is settling into life at Stephens and in Columbia.
Of course, the Australian native misses the beach—she grew up in Hervey Bay along the eastern coast of Queensland. And she could use some Vegemite (a savory spread considered Australia’s most famous food) and some Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits made in Australia).
That said, she’s having a blast seeing new sites. Before arriving in Columbia, she and her family traveled around the U.S. for a few days. And on Sunday, she experienced her first American baseball game, traveling to St. Louis with a group of classmates to watch the Cardinals win over the Padres.
She said she’s still awed by the Stephens campus, too.
“One of the most interesting things about Stephens to me is the campus,” she said. “It’s so incredibly beautiful. The architecture of the buildings is amazing, and the greenery and wildlife are different. I even saw a squirrel!”
Dorey is studying digital filmmaking. She found Stephens after searching online for creative schools in America.
“My dad actually found Stephens College, and I wouldn’t be here without him,” she said. “When he showed me the college website, I fell in love! The cinematography course, the tennis team and, of course, the pet-friendly environment—it’s just the perfect school for me!”
Dorey took Film and Media Studies and Drama in high school and ended up ranking No. 1 in both classes. That’s when she decided to turn her love of film into a career.
“The classes that I am taking are going to have a lot of hands-on work, which is what I’m most looking forward to,” she said. “I’m ready to get behind the camera!”
While Dorey misses her family, she said she’s grateful for their support, as well as for the support she’s getting on campus.
“That makes being so far from home a lot better,” she said.
But Columbia, she said, already feels like home away from home.
“The town is lively and fun, and I feel like Stephens is one giant family,” Dorey said. “The people at Stephens College are the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever met. … I’m so glad that I found Stephens College. It’s the perfect place to call my new home.”
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