English student’s love of travel carries her to Nebraska

ELISE LE COZ
AGE: 19
HOME: TEWIN, ENGLAND
MAJOR: CHEMISTRY
HOBBIES: TRAVELING, WATCHING MUSICAL THEATER
FAVORITE SAYING: “THE WORLD IS A BOOK, AND THOSE WHO DON’T TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE.”

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Born in France to her American mother and French father, Elise Le Coz grew up in Tewin, a small village in Hertfordshire, England, just north of London.

Now, she’s attending her first year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying chemistry.

“I heard about Nebraska, because my grandfather was a Husker, and he got his Ph.D. here,” Le Coz said. “So, it’s a looped background, not that I expected it.”

After moving to England as a toddler, Le Coz attended a boarding school for her education. Although she wasn’t required to live there, the schedule included classes until 6:30 p.m. and school on Saturday.

“So, it was a lot, but it was nice to have a bed at school,” she said. “So, I napped a lot.”

But Le Coz also appreciated the number of international students attending the boarding school, which diversified her circle of friends.

Le Coz has been all across the globe, including Nepal and Thailand in Asia, as well as The Gambia in Africa. This summer, she will accompany her mother to Kenya to help teach women how to start businesses.

“Like, in England, everyone travels,” she said. “It’s cheap and easy.”

Although she loves to travel, Le Coz said she was nervous about how Brexit will affect her. She compared Brexit to the United States’ election of Donald Trump.

“That kind of screwed me over, because I’m not British, so I don’t have a right to live there,” she said. “So, it’s kind of scary if I don’t have anywhere to go home to my family, but I think the fearmongering tactics are the same.”

When it comes to people in the United States, Le Coz said she noticed they live more sheltered lives, preferring to stay in-state, rather than traveling.

“Everyone just expects to come and stay and live and die in Nebraska,” she said. “I could never live and die where I live now; I have to live elsewhere.”

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