Well, I’ve been home for over a week now and today is Christmas Day. My sleep schedule is still all wacky. I don’t know it I would say I’m jet lagged, but everything is a bit weird regardless of what word you want to use. I start feeling tired around 1 or 2 pm and some days I get so tired I feel sick by around 8 or 9 pm. I know I just need more time to adjust, but it really is not a fun way to spend my first bit of time back home.
It was so good to see everyone from back home. My boyfriend picked me up at that airport, it was wonderful. And of course, seeing my parents again, all my friends from home, and also my kitty cat! I didn’t realize just how much I missed my own bed until I was in it again. So cozy and comfy.
I have caught myself accidentally speaking French when trying to say something quick to someone or forgetting words in English, being left with only the French equivalent. I also am very forgetful and distractible, but I think that’s more due to my residual jet lag. I’m picking myself up and getting ready for next semester already. Time for a new adventure. Allons-y!
I am the younger of two and the only one to study abroad. I have never had a bloody nose and I am immensely proud of that. I have always been very creative and am very excited to study abroad!
From International Internship in Italy to Pursuing Public Health
by Shaina Moran
IES Internships alumna Michelle Wagner (Rome Summer Internship 2015 | Penn State University) wears many hats: graduate student, world traveler, public health enthusiast, and blogger, to name a few. In a previous role as an IES intern in Rome, Michelle participated in hands-on work, came face-to-face with social issues, gained a professional mentor, and paved her path to graduate school. Read on Michelle explains her international internship in Italy.
Before I went to Marseille, I didn’t know much about it. Truth be told, there’s still a lot I could learn. However, the huge takeaway from our Marseille excursion was that it was founded by immigrants. This thought touched me as I compared the city to the United States and its own founding.