I’ve been home for almost a week now and I see how my trip to Paris has changed me. I see it in my language skills and my reinvigorated love of French. I see it in my thought processes as I question things I once considered normal. I see it in my ideas for the future, which may not have changed in a major way, but are different nonetheless.
There are things I miss about Paris: the warmth and friendly faces of the shop owners and workers, the public transportation, the language. But I’m also glad to have the smoke-free air and open spaces of the US. I miss my teachers, my abroad friends, host family, and the IES Abroad staff, but I’m glad to come back to my friends and family at home.
All I can say now is that I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have had and all the people that made my trip special. I hope I get another chance to visit France, but for now, I’m going to appreciate being home. It’s been great writing here and I hope that it has helped/will help someone plan for their study abroad adventures.
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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);">Hey, I'm Shreeya, a sophomore studying Biochemistry and French at Purdue University. In my free time I enjoy playing my violin, cooking, and reading just about everything under the sun. As an avid traveler, I am super excited to spend my summer in Paris and share my experience with everyone.</span></p>