Hi! My name is Katie, I am currently a junior at Penn State University majoring in Marketing and minoring in International Business. I love running, photography, cats and dogs, and exploring new places. This semester, I could not be more excited to study abroad in Paris. And I cannot wait to share all my experiences with you.
If you're like me and loving the current ‘brunch’ trend then this post is for you. One way I was able to feel more at home in Paris was by going to “trendy” brunch places. I am someone who enjoys eating salads and working out and unfortunately that can be hard to come by in France.
The most important thing during the week is going to class. However, my class schedule has been very nice to me and allows me to explore Paris…or catch up on homework (unfortunately the work part exists abroad).
IES Abroad had our spring break one month into the program. It did not feel like I was in school for long until I was leaving for spring break. For spring break in Europe, myself and nine other girls went to Copenhagen, Budapest, and Prague.
Class is fun when the world (Paris) is your classroom. What I mean by this, is a lot of classes I’m taking have mini field trips around Paris during class time. These field trips include museums, different parts of Paris, or historical buildings.
Before the program started you had to fill out forms for IES Abroad and one of the forms was housing. IES Abroad gives you three housing options, homestay, apartments, and international house. When filling out my form I knew right away that I wanted to stay in a homestay.
After finally getting settled in and learning how to use the metro and ask for a baguette it was time to start exploring Paris. And this past weekend was a perfect weekend to get a taste of what will be around me for the next four months.
It’s hard to believe that in a few short days I will be traveling over three thousand miles from my home in Connecticut to Paris for a semester abroad. This day seemed so far away back in June when I found out I was going to study abroad in Paris, but now it is finally here. Am I packed? Mostly.