One of the first things you do when planning to study abroad is pick out your housing, whether it be a dorm room, apartment, or homestay. It’s a hard decision to make, and because I was planning on studying abroad for two semesters, I decided to try out French dorm life my first semester and live at a homestay my second. In case anyone else is struggling to make a decision between a homestay or dorm, here’s a list of benefits and considerations for both options.   The…

Sunday’s in Paris are meant for staying in bed, taking a leisurely stroll, enjoying a warm cup of tea, and catching up on all the homework that was supposed to be done over the weekend. — Except getting homework done on a Sunday can be a tough task when almost all of Paris is shut down. Walk down any street and you’ll soon find everyone’s enjoying the same day off together with the “fermee” sign prominent in the window. While the trusty Starbucks is open on Sunday’s, here…

If you are studying abroad in Paris, you have a VIP card that gets you into a lot of cool places — your student ID card! With your student ID card, you can get lots of discounts and you have free access to some of Paris’s top museums. Here are my top picks for FREE museums you’ve got to see. Musée de l’Orangerie Wednesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission: 5:15 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays This museum is a perfect end to a nice stroll…

After a week of classes, it’s nice to kick back and relax. Especially when you have a fun day trip planned ahead of you! One of my favorite excursions so far with CEA has been to Honfleur, France. The crisp weather was refreshing just like the apple ciders we got to try at a cider distillery. Take a peek at what the day consisted of! Leah D. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Paris, France. She is currently a Junior studying News & Documentary Production at Chapman…

One of my favorite pastimes back in the United States is thrift shopping. While for some people, walking into a room filled with racks and racks of clothing, bins of shoes, and shelves of books is overwhelming – for me, it’s the beginning of my own treasure hunt. I don’t remember where I saw this quote, but I feel like it completely encapsulates how I feel about thrifting: “Come curious, leave a collector.” Each item I purchase – whether it be clothes, shoes, or some weird little trinket…

At Chapman University, I am currently in my third year studying news and documentary production. At first, I wanted to be a broadcast journalist, reporting live news, and sitting at the anchor desk looking into the camera. I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but I realized I was more intrigued in being behind the camera. I became less interested in reporting on news that changes every minute and more interested in in-depth creative storytelling. Upon arriving to Paris, each street, each shop, each person here could easily…