From The Other Side Of The World To Baton Rouge

Untitled1 Meet Jamie Keehn, a 25-year-old Senior from Rockhampton, Australia majoring in Sports Administration. Jamie is student athlete here at LSU and loves to get out, travel, and meet new people.

Studying Abroad

Deciding to come to LSU and study has been one of the best choices I have ever made. From the moment I stepped on campus this place has been home for me. After visiting for a weekend in early 2012 my mind was made up that this was going to be the college of choice for me. I couldn’t imagine my experience here at LSU going any better. The amount of people I have met during my 3 years are people I will continue to stay in touch with no matter where I end up, it has made my college experience that much better.

Southern Culture

All I can say is this, THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZING! This is one of the first things I talk about when I head back to Australia and people ask me what it like is over here in Louisiana. Nothing beats the south when it comes to delicious home cooked food that warms the heart. From boudin to red beans and rice, some of the simplest things in the world to make are some of my favorite. But let’s be honest nothing beats a nice chicken and sausage gumbo on a cold winter’s night. My favorite pastime to do when it comes to eating food is having a crawfish boil. Nothing compares to sitting around a table with a big group of people, chatting away, and enjoying a nice spring afternoon while pealing hundreds of little crawfish until your hands are all cut, sore, and your belly is full to the brim.

Mardi Gras

Anyone from the south is going to tell you that Mardi Gras is the best time of year to be in Louisiana, but hear it from the Australian, it’s the best time of year to be in Louisiana rather than anywhere else in the world! The atmosphere is alive, the brass bands are playing all day and night, and it’s one big celebration. The idea of catching beads from a float driving past was a little weird when I was first told about it, but now sign me up that is the best part. Nothing beats being out on the parade routes and catching handfuls of colorful beads and competing to see who can catch the most.


People ask me every day the simple question of “Why come all that way to go to LSU” and my answer is simple, Why not? I could not have asked for a better place to move to. The people are great, the hospitality is even better, the food is amazing, and most of all its LSU football! Where else would I want to play in front of 100,000 people on a Saturday night, in the loudest football stadium in the world?! It wasn’t a hard choice for me.

In closing, there are more than enough things that I have enjoyed while I have been here at LSU. It has felt like home for the past 3 years and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to enjoy my time at college.Untitled


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