My parents lived in a town called Chambéry in the French Alps for a couple years before I was born. They were there to learn how to speak French before going to French-speaking Africa. I only lived there for three months after I was born in January of 1998. Now almost 20 years later, I am going to live in France for another three months. This time I will be in Paris, the city of lights!
This past spring, I applied to go on the Paris Study Abroad Semester through my school. Being both a French major and Photography/Graphic Design minor, I figured that this would give me a lot of class choices in Paris. I got in and was ecstatic! It almost seemed surreal at the time, and it kind of still does! I leave in less than a week and will be there for three months. While I am there I will be taking classes at St. John's University. These classes include: Art History, French History, French Religion and an internship at Bike About Tours/Le Peloton Café. I speak French somewhat fluently, but I am very excited to use French and learn more.
While most students going on this trip will be staying in the dorms at the university, I was given the option of staying with a French family. This will give me the opportunity to be more fully immersed in the French culture and language. I am so excited to meet the couple that I will be living with for the next three months!
Some of the places that I am looking forward most to seeing are:
During the last week that I am in France, my mom and sister get to come see me. We will get to go back to the town I was born in and visit my "French grandmother" (pictured above), who I haven't seen since I was a newborn baby.
I read this quote in a book a couple years ago, but it is exactly my goal for this semester in Paris:
Dance in the streets.
Take French lessons.
Walk the wrong way home.
Don't play it safe.
-from Passing Love, by Jacqueline E. Luckett
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me. This has always been a huge dream of mine and I now that dream gets to come true! I will be updating this blog as a primary way of communication with friends and family, so make sure you follow!