Jonathan Skewes

Penn State University
Paris - French Studies

My name is Jonathan Skewes, and I am an advertising major at Pennsylvania State University. I have studied French for six years, and it is one of my true passions. I also enjoy playing soccer and discovering different cultures and countries.

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May 4, 2017

Rushing to Orly Airport did not render much time for sadness to creep in.  While saying goodbye to my host family, it felt like I was leaving for a long weekend.  However, while I was riding across a bridge, looking at the Eiffel Tower dominating a gorgeous day, I realized my daily life in

April 25, 2017

Over Easter Weekend, many of my friends took their last opportunity to travel outside of Paris before the final weekend.  While searching for local activities, I decided to explore less-known places that might not have been on everyone’s list.  I took the time to wonder through smaller neig

April 12, 2017

Soccer has been a central part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Outside of school, soccer took up a majority of my time.  I spent countless weekends traveling to tournaments in cities like Atlanta, Savannah and Nashville.  While the game is growing in popularity back home, its fer

April 6, 2017

When visiting Paris, every tourist has The Louvre on his or her list, and musée d’Orsay often makes the cut, too.  However, have you ever heard of the musée national Jean-Jacques Henner or the musée Cognacq-Jay?  These tiny gems rarely make a traveler’s list, but they are well worth a visit

March 31, 2017

When I first saw the statue of Louis XIV commanding his horse, I felt intimidated.  Even with all of the tourists and the decades that have passed, the sense of power emitting from this statue remains palpable.  Clearly, the first image one sees before entering Versailles still has the effe

March 21, 2017

Coffee and headphones are just some of the essential items one must always have during midterm exams.  I recently completed my midterms, and it was my first time studying for hours at a time outside of the United States.  I find it extremely difficult to study in my room, so I had to hunt for the

March 7, 2017

Paris has captured and kept my imagination every day for a little under two months, but I wanted to explore the differences between the French capital and other European cities.  Therefore, this past weekend, my friends and I decided to travel to Barcelona.  This was my second visit to the

February 22, 2017

It is no secret that the majority of French citizens adore movies and the experience of going to the theater.  The country is very proud of their cinema heritage, and this is evident in their relatively strict film laws.  Additionally, I have met multiple locals who love the movies al

February 11, 2017

When starting to explore the many study abroad programs, I knew there was only one country for me: France.  However, I did not know what program to choose in this vast country.  After much research, I realized the IES Abroad French Studies program in Paris was the perfect fit for me.

February 6, 2017

The weekend before all IES Abroad classes commenced, every student in our program received the opportunity to travel to the Loire Valley, where the majority of France’s mesmerizing chateaus reside.  This type of excursion is something I was looking forward to before I came to Paris.  Although I l

January 23, 2017

My first week in Paris could not have gone any better. I have a fantastic host family, the metro system is incredibly simple, and I am already starting to learn Paris from a local’s point of view.

January 6, 2017

Thoughts and expectations for my time in Paris before I depart.