Miami Evans sophomore spends semester in Korea for the Olympics

Miami University Evans Scholar Collin O'Sullivan is currently spending the spring semester abroad in South Korea on the Farmer School of Business Korea Olympic Trip. The university sponsored trip consists of three parts. First, a two and a half week tour of Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul, with stops at The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Pearl Tower and more. As part of the trip, Collin will be volunteering at the Winter Olympics until the end of February.

"My job at the Olympics is as an athlete escort for the luge area," he said. "Basically, I make sure the athletes are accounted for when they are at the Sliding Center. I make sure they go from the locker room to the start then to the media when their race is finished."

Collin is one of over 18,000 volunteers, and works six to nine hours a day about five to six days a week.

Once the Olympics are over, Collin will be studying at Yonsei University's Wonju Campus from March until June. After earning three credits for touring Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul, and one credit for being an Olympic volunteer, Collin will be taking 18 credits at Yonsei for a total of 22 credit hours on the trip. At Yonsei, Collin's classes will include management, information systems and analytics, finance, as well as cultural classes such as Korean conversation, and politics and economy of South Korea.

"This trip has given me the opportunity to interact with such a diverse group of people. Whether it is learning about a new language, food, or tradition, the FSB Korea Olympic Trip has exposed me to such a wide variety of lifestyles. In addition, it is truly an honor to serve as a part of the Passion Crew Volunteer Team at such a tremendous event like the Winter Olympic Games. I am truly grateful to Miami University, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Volunteer Committee, Dr. Sooun Lee, and the Evans Scholars Program for giving me this opportunity," said Collin about his experience.

We wish Collin the best of luck and look forward to having him back in the Evans Scholarship House next fall!