I’m Home: What I Learned in Nantes

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Eleanor Desing
May 13, 2023
A picture of the view from the skylight in my room

And study abroad is finally over. After about a week and a half of traveling after the end of my program (which was a whole other adventure in itself), I am finally back home. Luckily, all of my travel back home went smoothly, and I was greeted by my family, my friends, and, of course, my dog. After some much-needed time to recover from the long flight and the jet lag, I have been able to reflect upon my experience in Nantes. So much has happened these past four months, so it’s hard to sum everything up, but here’s a sampling of just a few of the things I’ve learned this semester (some more serious than others).


The French also love the movie Ratatouille.

However many types of cheese you think there are, there will always be more.

I like tomatoes more than I thought.

I much prefer American mealtimes.

That being said, meals are a great time to share together.

I love public transit.

Walking everywhere is my dream.

The Nantes Ikea is worth a visit.

A pain au chocolat is the ultimate comfort food.

Crepes are great but I love a galette.

The art museum is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Trying new things is good.

Uncomfortable can be good.

I can be independent.

I will always remember Nantes.

…Oh and I learned some French too.



So that’s it. The final send-off. Overall, this has been an amazing and unforgettable experience. I’m so glad that I took the leap to decide to study abroad. I might have been nervous before leaving, but all my nerves went away once I embraced all the new experiences. I’ve included some pictures that I hope show off my semester. Au revoir!

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Eleanor Desing

Hi, my name is Eleanor! I am majoring in French and Psychology, and I am so excited to be participating in the Nantes immersion program in order to improve my language skills and immerse myself in French culture. I love to read, cook/bake, and spend time outdoors. I can't wait to share my experience with all of you!

2023 Spring
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Loyola University Chicago
French Language
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