How was France?

To sum it up in one word, interesting. My experience abroad was unlike any other travel or college experience. I traveled to places you only dream of seeing. I studied in a location made famous by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I drank wine that you cannot find in the United States. I took a…

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Tu Parles Français?

Why  are you studying in Aix if you don’t speak french? This is a question I have had to answer many times in my 3 months of being here.  I 1) chose Aix-en-Provence for the location and it’s beauty and 2) was not required to know the language prior to being in France. It has…

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Wtf is a budget?

I have learned that me and money have a very negative relationship with each other. My mind says yes but my wallet says no. What even is a budget? Still a concept I’m not familiar with.  Traveling to Paris, Prague, and Vienna this fall break helped me realize I need to work on my spending…

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Trapped in Paradise

A learning moment while studying abroad occurred during my visit to Cannes, France. Located only 2.5-3 hours from Aix-en-Provence, Cannes is the world renown location of the Cannes Film Festival and vacation spot of some of earth’s wealthiest inhabitants. Unfortunately for me, I did not have this luxurious experience. Cannes had the worst rain it…

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The French Way

Coming to a close to my third/ fourth week in Aix-en-Provence. I still think I’m in a haze. It doesn’t really feel as if I am here, I just feel as if I am going to college in a different state and in this state they just don’t exactly speak English. As a result of…

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Le Cuisine and Host Mom

Coming to the end of my first week in Aix, the beauty of the city has far exceeded my expectations. I still speak no French and my host mom doesn’t speak English either (at least she claims to). The cuisine of France is interesting. My host mom made the infamous ratatouille but a regional kind…

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Anticipation for SoFra

As I procrastinate on my packing for SoFra (South France) I am thinking about my hopes and expectations on what the experience will bring. Typically the thought of studying abroad brings expectations of traveling to neighboring countries, wild nights with fellow students, and getting lost in a country where you don’t speak the language. I…

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