Last year I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for 4 weeks and, not to sound cliché, was a life changing experience. I went with a small group of 10 students and 2 professors from my school, Columbus State University, and studied Machiavellian Principles and World Literature. The experience left me craving more adventure.
Fast forward to the summer of 2015 and I am studying abroad AGAIN! This time I am going to Paris, France for 5 weeks with the European Council program. Students and from all over the state of Georgia make up a very large group of about 90 students.
The first class I am taking is Travel Writing with Dr. Carroll from Berry College. That’s one of the cool things about the European Council program— you get to learn from professors from other schools and get fresh perspectives.
I am also taking Elementary French 2 with Madame Knight who actually lives in France and teaches online courses in Georgia. I am the most nervous about this class because I haven’t taken a French course in a year and a half so my French is rusty. However, I’m sure I will pick up quickly being immersed in the language.
Where I’m Staying
I will be staying at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in the 14th arrondissement (administrative district). It’s not a university per say, but more of a host to visiting students and academics from all over the world. The campus is HUGE and made up of different houses named after different countries or regions. I am staying in the Maison des étudiants de l’Asie du Sud Est (Southeast Asia Student House) where each person has their own private room and bathroom.
Funny note: The French don’t number their floors the same as they do in the United States. Their first floor is actually the 2nd floor. I am on the 3rd floor, which meant I had to haul my 48 pound bag up four flights of stairs. Whew! At least I won’t have to do that again for another 5 weeks!
I will be posting a blog 3 times a week while I am in Paris so be on the lookout! And don’t forget… make every day the BEST DAY EVER!