Suzan Frierson

University of Redlands
Nantes - French Language Immersion & Area Studies

Hi! My name is Suzan Frierson and I'm a junior at the University of Redlands. I'm a Creative Writing major and French minor, and the language inspired me to study abroad in Nantes. I love traveling, writing, and going on adventures.

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January 8, 2017

Three weeks ago, I arrived at LAX Airport and the weirdly small portrait of President Obama after a semester abroad in Nantes.

December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16, 12:15pm: Dramatic title, but I'm feeling a little dramatic (the théâtre went to my head). It's Friday afternoon and my plane leaves tomorrow, and how much packing have I done?

December 16, 2016

It’s finals week here in Nantes, and it’s not just difficult to get through because of the tests. It’s that on Saturday morning I’m going to wake up, go to the airport, and get on a plane back to Los Angeles.

I’m not ready to leave. At all.

November 30, 2016

I knew Thanksgiving away from my family was going to be difficult. It’s the first time I’ve had the holiday without them, so the entire month I’ve been bracing for the impact of a new wave of homesickness, which has up until this point gone almost entirely away.

November 30, 2016

Living with a host family and trying to speak French with everyone.

November 30, 2016

Being in France for a presidential election was nervewracking. When I left, I thought it was a spectacular plan—after all, if a certain someone were to be elected, I could extend my stay in France indefinitely.

October 20, 2016

In the dead of morning on October 21st, I’m leaving for my second non-school sponsored trip outside of Nantes. That’s the only kind of trip I’ll be having from now on, as last weekend we went to the Chateaux de la Loire (well, just four: Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Amboise, and Chenonceau).

October 20, 2016

I’m still mildly shocked that I’m not dead or lost somewhere in the French countryside.

October 20, 2016

Having fun in one of Nantes's main tourist attractions.

September 30, 2016

I’ve almost finished my third week of classes in Nantes, and so far they’re going pretty well.

September 22, 2016

My last two weekends included trips to the salt farms of Guérande, the deservedly well-known abbey of Mont St Michel, and the resting place of one of French romanticism's founding writers, Chateaubriand.

September 15, 2016

Bonjour from France! It's been an incredible two weeks, and still feels vaguely unreal. Last weekend’s trip to Vannes helped that feeling, but I know that the more time I spend in Nantes, the more I'm going to realize that this is actually my place now.

August 29, 2016

Packing tips, bucket list, and things I'm worried about as I head to Nantes, France this Tuesday.