A few days ago marked my one month-aversary in Nantes. My host mother asked me if so far I believed I had progressed and have my expectations for France been met. I answered honestly when I told my host family that I decided to come to France with no expectations and that each day would be a new and interesting experience. Over the course of January, I’ve been to Tours, a small town of the coast of Nantes with the most beautiful little houses, went to the folle journée and by chance explored a botanical garden. It would be a lie to say the only emotion I’ve felt in France is happiness because there have been days where I’ve missed the presence of my own family, my own home, and my own culture. Nevertheless, when I return to the States, I’m sure this experience will continue to shape me as a person.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Alexandra is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Operations and Information Management with a minor in French. After taking Spanish, Italian, and Latin in high school she decided she needed a fresh start and began French in college. Since she’s started to learn French she’s fallen in love with the language. She hopes to one day be fluent in French completing her life long dream of being bilingual. During her spare time she likes to read, practice her photography, and learn new baking and cooking recipes. Abroad she hopes to completely immerse herself in French cuisine, language, and culture.</span></p>