Here is one second of 112 days in Paris!  I know that my time in Paris was the most formative, eye-opening, and jaw-dropping period of my life. But how can I remember it all? I’ve only just returned aux Etats-Unis (to the United States), and I can feel Paris slipping away from me. I made sure to record one second of video for every single day I spent in Paris (and other cities). I used the app 1SE, short for 1 Second Everyday. I discussed this app and…

A major part of study abroad is the “study” portion.  The reality of my academic life abroad is the classes I am taking are incredibly different than the United States equivalent, and that is exactly what I had in mind before I got here. When I decided to study abroad, I knew I wanted to take classes that would both meet the requirements of my home university and actually interest me.  Now I can confidently say both of those things are checked off the list.  One of the…

Since living in Galway, I have fallen in love with the city. When the weather is nice in Galway, one of my favorite things to do is take a walk on the Salthill Promenade. The walk takes you alongside Galway Bay, and offers an incredible view at sunset. One of the best day trips is to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Gardens. This tour includes several other stops on the way including a stop in the colorful Spiddal Craft Village. Beyond being breathtakingly beautiful, Kylemore Abbey has a…

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I’m an indecisive person. But one thing I had decided clearly in my mind when I started college was that I was going to study abroad. I didn’t know where or when, but I was going to make it happen one way or another. I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist, so choosing a study abroad program was quite a long process, but I started early and researched thoroughly. I attended my school’s study abroad meetings, requested information online, made phone calls, talked to my professors, and weighed out…

People from across the world flock to Paris for its rich history in art, architecture, and intellectual achievement: its expansive avenues and manicured gardens inspire people in these fields to innovate. It’s the same for me. I felt a draw to Paris’ penchant for self-reflection and found myself feeling more motivated to practice my art than ever before. Paris kept me on my toes. I spent my free time trying to see this magnifique city with a cinematic eye, while still staying true to my personal aesthetic. These…

Madeleine interns in the trading room of the Institutional Investors Division of a prestigious French bank three days per week and attends classes at CEA as well. The bank is located in the center of Paris, so on the days when she interns, Madeleine takes the bus from her shared studio on the Left Bank, across the Seine River, into the 1st arrondissement. She swipes her security badge and says “Bonjour” to all of her colleagues before settling into her multi- screen work station to read the Daily Market…

People sometimes seem to think that communication is an easy major, but every business and establishment need skilled communicators. Subtle differences in the ways people use language can completely alter the success of our interactions with strangers, potential business partners, and foreign friends. The ability to deliver information in an effective way is imperative to achieving goals and creating relationships. A teacher without communication skills is just a smart person because there is no way for the students to gain from their experience if they don’t understand what…

Studying abroad in Paris is step one. Step two? See as much of Europe as you can! Because Paris is centrally-located, it’s a great starting point for your international adventures. While living in Paris, I was able to travel to the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. 3 out of 4 of those trips were on my own dime and really affordable! I was able to see Germany’s Black Forest through an incredible trip arranged by CEA. On top of that, I explored six French cities. This was…

When studying abroad in Barcelona, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with the land of endless sunshine and adventure.  With its incredible food scene, close proximity to the beach, vibrant culture and nightlife, it is very easy to get swept up in the excitement.  For those of us traveling on a college budget, these expenses can quickly pile up.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thriving atmosphere of Barcelona without breaking the bank! Take advantage of Barcelona’s beautiful outdoor spaces There are…

Being a writer of any kind in Prague is an amazing experience, because inspiration really does lie around every corner. This was a stereotype of Europe that I expected to be an exaggeration. However, I quickly learned by accidentally getting lost in my first few days here that it’s impossible not to turn a corner and see art, architecture, a view, or even people that immediately had me pulling up my ideas Google doc. Old statues, lock-covered bridges, even things I’d never expect to stir ideas, like the…