Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Interested in ESSA?

Are you a European Studies major? 
(Or just interested in Europe?) 
Then you should consider joining the ESSA team! 

The European Studies Student Association is a great way to get involved in your major. We strive to provide activities and opportunities for European Studies students to connect with others in the program and network with our faculty. This past year we hosted multiple "Brown Bag Lunch" discussions with various faculty members. Topics ranged from study abroad/internship opportunities to what you can do with your major post-graduation. They are a great way to meet your advisors and professors on an informal level, and they provide valuable information for your academic and professional goals.

Coming into next Fall we hope to continue with this momentum to provide students with plenty of opportunities to get involved. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or would like to participate in helping plan and execute activities, let us know! We would love to hear from you! Send us an email at .

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported ESSA this year! We had some great activities, including a fun opening social and multiple "Brown Bag Lunch" discussions. We hope to continue this momentum next Fall with even more activities and ways for you to connect with students and faculty in the European Studies major. 

Thank you to those who came to our closing social last night. It was a great success! And a special thanks to Professor Benfell and the European Studies faculty for all their support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall! 

Good luck with finals, and happy summer!

Monday, April 2, 2012


Alright guys, the semester is almost over and you know what that means! 
 Its time for a CLOSING SOCIAL! 
Woohoo! And if you came to our opening social in the fall then you know you won't want to miss out!

Come celebrate Europe with us at  
5pm TOMORROW (April 3) in B003 JFSB (the FLAC)
There will be FREE FOOD 
(pizza from Nicolitalia's, cheesy bread, and dessert!) 
and great company!

All European Studies majors are welcome, as well as anyone interested in Europe. 
Bring your friends and let's end this year right!

Monday, October 17, 2011


We have a big Opening Social this Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30 in 238HRCB. Come meet your ESSA officers and major faculty, and learn more about the club and how you can get involved in your major! Come hungry because there will be a European Food Sampler provided! YUM!

Hope to you see there!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kennedy Center Lecture: International Decisions That Will Shape the Future

We're excited to announce a special Kennedy Center Lecture featuring Peter Huntsman. Mr. Huntsman rarely has the opportunity to visit BYU so this will be a special chance for you to hear from him! Below is a flyer containing more information about his background and lecture details.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Meet Your Officers!

Hi, I'm Becca Kellis.
I am from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and am currently a Junior at BYU. My major is of course European Studies, but with a German society emphasis and an (almost) German minor. I love learning about the history of Europe, and don't want to limit myself to just one European country, so that's why I chose European Studies instead of just German studies. I've been to London and Ireland with my parents, but I plan on going on a Study Abroad to Berlin in the Summer of 2012. I plan to walk in April but actually graduate in August. After that, I hope to attend Law School and study International Law. After that, who knows?

Hi, I’m Allison Brown. 
Vice President of Domestic Affairs 
I’m a senior majoring in European Studies with minors in Communications and Business Management. I joined ESSA because I love all things Europe and wanted to be involved in sharing the great things this major has to offer. I love to travel. I spent two semesters studying abroad in Paris and Jerusalem. I love learning about other cultures and have studied French for several years.  I’m interested in international law and hoping to go to law school after I graduate next year.

Hi, I'm Brock Groesbeck.
Vice President of Foreign Affairs
I am from Alpine, Utah. I am currently a Junior and will be majoring in Political Science. It is my dream to work abroad in the capacity of a Diplomat or work with a multinational corporation. Once my undergraduate is complete I plan on either working towards an MBA or a masters in International Relations. From that point I hope to move on into my career choice. My affiliation with the ESSA comes with the hope to broaden my understanding of European culture, government, and economics. These next few semesters in the ESSA will provide many opportunities to learn and network.

Hi, I'm Brittney Thompson.
I am a senior from New Hampshire majoring in European studies with a minor in French. I love traveling and all things French. I have been on two studies abroad (in Paris and a business program throughout Europe) and hope to return to France in the future to work and improve my French. In addition to Europe my interests include photography, writing and basketball. {Go Celtics!} I joined ESSA because I love Europe and wanted to share my passion with all of you!

Hi, I'm Lydia Roberts. 
Public Relations
I am a junior majoring in Russian and European Studies. I chose European Studies because I love Europe and Russia, and wanted to gain a basis in European history without limiting myself to a history major. I spent last summer in Moscow interning at a human rights center and the summer before that studying Russian at the Middlebury Summer Language Institute. I'm hoping to go into human rights work or extremism research and documentation in Russia, but I can also see myself teaching Russian phonetics. My favorite thing about Europe is the public transportation, and my favorite thing about Russia is the kvas (a bread-based, fermented drink, quite delicious) that you can buy on the street. In addition to almost nonsensically adoring Russian poetry, I love pretentious films and making bread.

Hi, I'm Katherine.
The fourth of eight children, I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, but the summer before my senior year, we moved to Virginia.  I studied Italian in high school and this led me to choose the European Studies major with a minor in Italian. This past summer I completed an internship in Italy and I am now starting my junior year at BYU.  I hope to work for the government following graduation where I could utilize both my language abilities and general knowledge of Europe. In my spare time, I study Danish and enjoy baking.