Angers, France : Final Thoughts

Today marked my final day at CIDEF and my final full day in Angers. In the afternoon tomorrow, I depart for Paris, and then fly home on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that this incredible experience is drawing to a close. This semester has had several moments of both joy and sorrow, and sometimes at…

Angers, France : The World Beyond Angers

The end of the semester is approaching fast, but with finals on the horizon, it is too early to focus on my return home. Instead, I’ve been spending these past few weeks appreciating one of my favorite aspects of my classes here: my fellow classmates. One of the unique aspects of studying here has been…

Angers, France : A Visit to Normandy

Yesterday, I went on a day long trip to Normandy, a region of France along the English Channel where the Allies landed during World War II as part of the effort to liberate France and defeat the Nazis. From the time I decided I was going to spend a semester in France, it was one…

Angers, France : Adapting to French University Life

The time has flown by and here we are at the end of November. Most of this month has been filled with tests and presentations in my various courses. I haven’t talk much about my course schedule here and as it differs greatly from the way class schedules typically work at Ole Miss, describing the…

Angers, France : Toussaint Day Travels

Last week marked the French national holiday known as Toussaint Day (or All Saint’s Day, for English speakers). Toussaint Day is November 1st which fell on a Wednesday this year, so for all of us lucky students at CIDEF, we had three days off of school.   I, being notoriously terrible for planning actual things…

Angers, France : Arrival and Settling In

Bonjour! Things are going fairly well here in Angers, France. I arrived a few days ago and have finally settled in. The first few days were hectic, but this weekend has been a short reprieve before classes commence next week. My week began with a nine-hour flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Paris followed by a…

France: Adventure Time!

Hi Everyone! My classes are done and finals taken! Some people decide to leave immediately for home, others, like me, take a while before heading back. I have one month to explore before returning home! Study abroad is an adventure so don’t forget to treat it as such! Explore your host country! Find cool, unknown…

France: Finals!

So. This is it. The end of the semester. Finals. A part of studying abroad is adjusting to things that are different to your culture. I don’t know about you but when I think about different things I think food, greeting customs, etc. Big things like that. What I do not think about is testing…

Having the First Moments of Homesickness…

I knew at some point it would come. That feeling where I just want to have the familiar things around me. I really wasn’t expecting it to hit by week 3 but it has. All week I’ve been having bits of homesickness…cravings for sweet tea, wishing I could jump in my car and head to…