An update from Elyse, a CCPA major:

It’s my last day here in Taos, and I can’t help but wonder where this month has gone! Taos is a magical place, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to come study here.

Aside from working at an amazing nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, I have had amazing experiences and made some great friends. Taos is so different from Dallas; instead of going to bars we go camping or to bonfires.

One of my favorite things has been night hiking up to Williams Lake, camping there for the night, and then hiking up Wheelers Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico. Even though it was one of the hardest hikes I have ever been on in my life, once I reached the top all that hard work was worth it. The view was beautiful and the cool breeze felt amazing.

Another one of my favorite things was attending the Taos Solar Festival. Our CCPA class volunteered and helped set up for the festival, and got to hear some great music. Getting the chance to see Pat Green and Los Lonely Boys amid the Taos locals is an experience I will never forget.

I also loved going on all the fun field trips my professor planned. We went to famous places like the Taos Art Museum, Chimayo, Santa Fe and the Taos Pueblo to see the Native Americans do a corn dance.

I am really going to miss Taos. I’m spoiled by the 360-degree view of mountains. I am also going to miss the people in Taos. Everyone here is so passionate about what they are doing that it’s hard not to get inspired. SMU-in- Taos is such an amazing program. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can’t wait to come back!


Six students from Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in Meadows School of the Arts will serve as communications interns at nonprofit organizations in Taos, NM this summer, addressing issues from at-risk youth and the environment to housing and the arts. Read their blog.