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Veronica: 35 days since leaving Montpellier

Okay. So I feel like I have a lot to explain. I have changed so much in France and realized a lot about myself even after coming back to the US. I like life in France better. That’s what I want. It hurts every day not being there. It’s actually a physical pain. And, as my mom pointed out, what I talked about with my family and in my blog posts sounded negative and like I wasn’t having a good time. She thought I hated being in France. This is […]

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Veronica: less than three weeks

As of today I only have 15 days left in France. 15 DAYS?! How is this possible? Not enough time. Where did the time go? This is insane. I want to stay here. I miss home a little bit, but man, it’s nothing compared to France and Europe. I would rather visit home for a bit and then come back here… I am very sad that I can’t stay here. But, my new plan is to teach English abroad. I want to see the world, and teaching English to fund […]

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Veronica: Easter, the most bizarre day ever

Today is Easter. And in France, it is a very unconventional holiday indeed. My day started strangely. My host mom was gone when I woke up, someone picked her up because both of the cars were still at the house. I decided to go to my friend’s place for the day rather than being home all day alone. And that is when the strangeness really began. Since it’s Easter, EVERYTHING is shut down in France. Obviously. But we went for a walk and did find a bakery stand near the […]

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Veronica: Travels and more

Travel is a really important thing when you’re studying abroad, and I think I should tell you about my experiences (in a practical way). For the Montpellier integrated track, there is a week long winter break. So, three friends and I went to Italy. Weekend trips are easy to plan, but a week long trip is harder than you would expect. It got kind of stressful for more than one reason. There is a lot to think about and take into consideration. How are you going to get to the […]

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Veronica: Carnaval in Nice

I went to Nice for Carnaval this past weekend, and it was absolutely amazing. If you get the opportunity to go, GO! It started hundreds of years ago. I got there for the opening ceremony on Friday. There were thousands of people (and the number of people just kept going up all weekend). At the opening ceremony there were lots of balloon floats and acrobatics and people dressed up in crazy costumes. They also unveiled the two main floats of the festival at the end of the ceremony, after the […]

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Veronica: My integrated class

I’m only taking one integrated class here, which is something I’m actually glad about now even though I wanted to take three (a little bit much). It’s kind of intense, but in a different way than you would expect. The class is French and US history during the 20th century; Monday is about the US and Thursday is about France. It’s not really hard per se. Sometimes the French can be fast, but the subject itself isn’t difficult. The thing that’s hard is that there is only one grade. For […]

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Veronica: Ski Weekend in the Alps

The program sponsors a ski weekend in the Alps. I went and it was awesome. It costs 192 Euros–which is SUPER cheap, so you should do it. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve never skiied before, lots of people who hadn’t went, me being one of them. It’s really cool to say you learned to ski in the Alps. I took lessons with a bunch of girls and we ended up only paying 6 Euros each, which is a really good deal. They tell you to take your passport. We […]

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Veronica: First week of school

Class started last week. I like my classes with Americans. Well, except Phonetics and maybe Grammar. I feel like an idiot in Phonetics making noises into a headset. Not fun. And grammar is always useful. I like having grammar, but we’re starting with things I’ve understood very well for 8 years. I do not need to re-learn passe compose (can’t do accent marks on here for some reason..). I think the ingregrated class will be difficult to like just because I can’t understand everything. It will be slightly frustrating, I […]

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Veronica: Some practical things

So, I registered on Friday. The French registration system is really weird and not at all efficient. I had to meet with one of our advisors and tell him what classes I was interested in, and then we had to do all the scheduling by hand. It was tedious. And I only ended up with one Integrated class because the two I wanted overlapped. I was disappointed at first, but now I’m okay with my choices. I know they will all count towards both majors, they seem interesting, my schedule […]

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Veronica: First Entry in France

So…it’s been crazy. I’m going to have to cut this down so it isn’t a novel. I got to France on the morning of the 12th and met my friend who I haven’t seen in almost 10 years. A little awkward, but it was good. I stayed with her for about a week. She showed me around where she lives, and I went to her high school with her for two days. That was really weird. They get smoking breaks and their hallways open to the outside. They take notes […]

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Veronica: One Week To Go

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody. Since I last wrote, not a whole lot has happened. I’ve exchanged a few emails with my host mom and she seems really cool. I have a very strong feeling that I’m going to love living with my family. I’m working on packing. I’m probably about half way done with that. I ordered a carry-on bag from Gander Mountain that’s a backpacking/camping bag, but a good size for travel. That should come soon. The hardest part of packing that I encountered was that […]

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Veronica: Host Family

I got my host family today. They seem like they are going to be really cool. I looked on Google maps to see where it was, and it’s really pretty. I can’t wait to get there and meet them and live on that cute little street with all the palm trees. It’s kind of scary though. It’s making this feel real. I know it’s real, but it didn’t really feel like it was actually happening until now. I imagine that when I get an email back from them it will […]

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Veronica: Financial Planning

Financial aid and paying for studying abroad is a huge thing. Save your money. Work a lot. Remember to keep the exchange rate in mind. $3000 sounds like a lot, but when you get to Europe and it’s less than that… it’s not so great. I was extremely frugal the year leading up to now and it really helped. Do your FAFSA. That’s the first step and it’s a given anyway so I’m not going to spend time on it. This may be different if you aren’t from the University […]

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Veronica: Academic Planning

One thing that might be hard to remember about study abroad is the study part. We still have to go to school. Basically same old life, just in a new place. So the academic planning portion of getting ready is kind of a big deal. On the Learning Abroad Center website there are lists of all the classes offered and that have been offered recently so you can look through them and see what seems interesting. When you confirm your place you have to indicate a few areas of interest. […]

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Veronica: Plane Ticket

Thinking about how you want to arrive in France is kind of big, though not quite as important as some other things you have to consider. You can either fly on your own or take the group flight. The group flight is nice. You can fly with people in your program so you aren’t so alone. It’s coordinated, so you get picked up at the airport. It’s a good little support group and way to make friends before you arrive. I’m flying alone. I found a ticket that cost half […]

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