À Bientôt, Paris!

Arriving home makes me really sink in that feeling of nostalgia. It’s been a few days since I last stepped on Parisian soil, since I last spoke French, since I last ate my everyday French cheese. My last days in Paris were filled by goodbyes, speaking more French than ever, getting to really know my…

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Fall break and culture shocks

While much of my study abroad experience has been joyful, studying another language is a process. It requires a lot of repetitive work and is at least described as a time-consuming activity by all students abroad. This has been my past month here. In a mixture of dinner talks, nights studying vocabulary and taxi rides…

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What do you take? (Pre-Departure Post)

I had just gotten used to living in America. Orlando was not only my home for the spring and fall semesters, but I got to build a whole different life there staying during winters and summers. With all that love for the city, you can imagine I have also acquired a lot of stuff, right?…

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I have always wondered

I have always wondered: Why would anyone receive an unknown student into their own homes for almost a semester? Someone who does not speak the language, someone who does not know the city (or even the country), and someone who has done everything of their lives differently at their usual American home. Now imagine when…

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