Julie Burks & Brandon Nesbitt
On the morning of December 26, 2006, I (Julie) was on a flight out of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport heading for Minneapolis with a final destination of London, England. It was such an exciting trip, and I was especially happy that I knew a few of the other NKU students on the trip, as we had all attended the same high school.
We arrived in London early on December 27. Instead of letting us catch up on much needed sleep, our chaperones (Dr. Cate and Dr. Marquis) took us on a walking tour around London instead. The rest of that day is a little blurry due to the lack of sleep, the time change and an overall exhausting day. However, the next morning at the hotel breakfast, those of us from the same high school were eating together, and one of the students introduced us to his roommate. I had no idea at the time that I had just been introduced to my future husband!
For the remainder of the trip, our group of five or six individuals was almost inseparable. Together (with my future husband), we saw the Tower of London, Warwick Castle, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, William Shakespeare's birthplace, Buckingham Palace and the Roman Baths, among many other amazing attractions! We were also there for New Year's Eve, on which we all stayed up until 5AM London time just so we could call home at midnight (NKY time) to wish our family Happy New Year.
Most of the days were busily filled with classes and touring attractions, while the nights usually consisted of visiting the King's Arms (the local pub) for a few pints. During these two weeks, Brandon and I struck up a friendship. We found out that we actually both grew up in Fort Thomas (about two miles from each other), and Brandon knew one of my older brothers! On the flight back to the states, we asked a stranger to switch seats with me so we could sit next to each other. On the flight from Minneapolis to NKY, we once again sat next to each other.
Our friendship continued at home throughout the spring semester, and eventually we fell in love. We both graduated with our Bachelors’ degrees in May, 2007. A lot has happened since then, but NKU continues to be a large part of our lives. I graduated with my MBA from NKU in May, 2013, and Brandon now works at NKU!
We continue to be involved at NKU—attending sporting events, lectures and theatre productions, to name a few. On December 21, 2012, Brandon proposed, and we will be married on January 18, 2014, a little more than seven years from when we first met.
We are so thankful to NKU and especially to Dr. Cate and Dr. Marquis for convincing us to attend the London Winter Program! Had it not been for going to London, we probably would have never met! It was a trip that literally changed our lives in the best way possible. To this day, we still talk about London, and we hope one day to return to where it all started!
Julie (Accounting, '07), Brandon (Marketing, '07)