Olivia Kelley took one look at Ole Miss and knew she had found a second home.
“I really liked Oxford because it was small enough to make a big school feel like a family,” she said. “The town Square was charming and had a really Southern feel.”
But it wasn’t Oxford’s aesthetic that brought Kelley to The University of Mississippi, and it wasn’t the Square that made her want to stay.
“I came here initially for the art program, and to experience a big school,” she said. But Kelley found it difficult freshman year to be so far away from friends and family back home in Atlanta, Georgia.
The small-town charm of Oxford was different from the more urban life she was used to, and it was tiring driving back and forth between Mississippi and Georgia to visit loved ones.
She found herself facing a tough choice – stay at Ole Miss and embrace Oxford life, or take a chance and try something new. After grappling with the decision whether or not to transfer closer to home, Kelley decided to stay after all.
“I made friends with the people who lived close by to me, and through my hobbies in art and dance,” she said.
Now, Kelley takes time to enjoy the pleasures of living in Oxford, like grabbing a grilled cheese from the Absinthe Bar, going out with friends and meeting new people.
“I hope to become more involved with things on campus and become well known in the art community,” she said.