Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16
Spring Break is slowly winding down for us Penn students, though I can’t say I’m entirely heartbroken. While many of my friends spent the past week vacating in warmer climates, I stayed right here in good old Philadelphia, which wasn’t so bad until the Ides of March kicked in. (Kudos to anyone who got the reference in that last link!)
I’m not that discouraged, though. My time to travel will be here before I know it! It was only a few weeks ago that I recieved my acceptance into the Columbia in Paris program through Penn Abroad 🙂 This September, I’ll be going back to France to study abroad for the entire Fall 2014 semester.
I’m extremely excited about the immersion experience this program offers. I’ll be taking classes at both Reid Hall (the institution designed specifically for study abroad students) and a Parisian university. There are so many in the city, and I get to choose where I want to enroll! I also have the opportunity to live with a host family, which I did this past summer in Tours, France with the Penn-in-Tours summer abroad program.
What I am most excited for, however, is the opportunity to live in Paris (skip to 1:45) for the semester. I visited the city for three days during the Penn-in-Tours program. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like living there for three months!
I have my first abroad meeting when school is back in session. It seems like such a long way off, and I certainly don’t want to rush the rest of this semester. I can’t deny, though, that the sooner I’m back on a wine and cheese diet, the happier I’ll be 🙂 Vive la France !