Mississippi County Library employee on way to England

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Mississippi County Library System is bidding farewell to Osceola Public Library employee Samantha Bridges, who is leaving in September to pursue a master's degree in publishing at Oxford Brookes University in England.

Samantha Bridges

Samantha Bridges, 26 of Osceola, says she is excited and a little scared about her upcoming trip to England but says it won't be a completed culture shock.

"I had studied abroad at Oxford during my junior year at Hendrix College in Conway," Bridges said "I did a program called Oxford Overseas Study Course. I was there for nine or 10 months. They do speak English there they just have a few fun quarks. The biggest difference will be getting around on public transportation." Bridges said she had considered applying to Oxford during her junior/senior year at Hendrix. She also looked at a graduate program at Rosemont College Pennsylvania but it wasn't what she needed.

"So I took some time and did some other things, thought about it for a while and decided I wanted to try again for graduate school," Bridges said. "I found out that one of the school's there (Oxford) had a publishing program so I decided to apply. The application process is pretty similar to the U.S. college applications. You still have out your basic information, get recommendation letters, send transcripts and all those things." The masters program that Bridges will be attending is for a year. She will be in England from this September to next September but she has permission to stay in the country until January 2015. Part of the process of preparing to live overseas for a year was getting a visa with the UK boarder agency.

"It was a pretty long application," Bridges said. "You have to be fingerprinted, have your picture taken and fun things like that." Bridges will be living in a dorm, which she describes as a cluster of bedrooms that share of kitchen.

"I will pack whatever I can shove into two suitcases," Bridges said. "Unfortunately my dog has to stay at home. Its pretty exciting that I'm getting do this. I've been trying for a long time. I've spent months and months putting in job applications to publishing companies all over the country. My dream would be to stay there (England) and work. I would like to be a fiction editor. If I had a choice I would want to work for Penguin (publishing group)." Bridges wants to thank everyone at the Mississippi County Library System for allowing her to work at the Osceola Public Library. She said she learned so much during her time there and is grateful for the opportunity. With the support of her family and friends will Bridges will set our for Oxford Brookes University in England in just a few weeks.

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