study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

Everyone knows Paris—but who really knows Paris? I’ve now been living in the city for nearly four whole months, and I continue to make many new discoveries every day, just as I did in my first weeks here. Locals too often say that years in Paris do not give sufficient time to know it all. When it takes nearly a week to peruse the entirety of the Louvre’s contents, how could you ever hope to know a city so vast? Paris’ vastness is what makes it so special…

After many months here in Paris, the semester is just days away from its close. Our classes have nearly concluded, and our final exams will soon commence. Two weeks from now, each of us will depart from the CEA Paris Center to move in different directions towards familiar homes across the Atlantic or even towards new adventures abroad. When we began our collegiate years back in the States, many of us found ourselves in very new environments—new people around us, new learning in diverse spaces, new opportunities to…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

Already I’ve been living here in Paris for two and a half months, and thus the midpoint of my semester abroad has passed by me. As spring brings more pleasant weather and consequently more exploration across both this marvelous city and Europe as a whole, the empty days on my calendar have all but disappeared. I have no doubt that the evolution of self already begun will continue until my last day here, but in retrospective review of my semester thus far I can already perceive the growth…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

I first visited Paris in August 2014 for a four-day whirlwind tour at the close of a summer escapade in Europe, and now, after more than three years, I’ve come back. In a sense, my semester abroad with CEA is a homecoming—but one that affords me the tools and opportunities to engage much more meaningfully with French culture and the Parisian world than one could ever hope to accomplish in four days. The city has continued its evolution—wheat-paste posters changing hundreds of times, facades evolving under the weather’s…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Paris

Food in Paris is legendary—most everyone has heard that message, whether it be from Disney’s Ratatouille or the foodblogging corners of Instagram, and it’s not wrong. For an American, this food scene can be overwhelming, though, too; menus in French, restaurant servers speaking French, packaging in French, prices in Euros… Below I’ve outlined the steps that helped me navigate my meals for the first few weeks here in Paris. Plan. I made a shopping list before each of my visits to the grocery store, which made it much…

As my study abroad experience in Shanghai comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on my time here. This semester has by far been the beat time of my life. I have made so many memories that I will never forget. Some of my favorite times were the trips that I was able to take throughout while in China both with CEA and on my own. I was able to travel to Dalian, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Beijing, and Nanjing. Each of these cities was unique and was a great…

There are so many things I love about Seville, I will list my top picks so this blog doesn’t turn into a novel. Where to begin. You can’t go wrong with visiting the Plaza de España. It’s located in the famous Maria Luisa Park. The Plaza has some breathtaking Spanish architecture with the mix of Renaissance and Moorish styles. It’s a huge half-circle structure with buildings that are connected by bridges over the moat and a fountain in the middle. I love walking through Maria Luisa Park around sunset and then hitting…

In this video, I take you on a walking tour of some of my favourite spots in London. London is a huge city and it’s often difficult to decide what to see and do, so allow me to show you what I’ve found worthwhile after living here for 2 months. Check out this video to see restaurants, cafes, pubs, museum, and other must-see places in Shoreditch, the South Bank, and Central London. Here you can find a google map with the places I visit in the video. James L….

I can’t believe my time abroad is really coming to an end. Time has flown by in the blink of an eye. I am so glad I made the decision to study abroad because I have learned so many different things and places I would’ve never imagined of visiting. This whole time abroad has been so surreal, some weekends I couldn’t believe I was in a different country in the span of just 2 hours traveling. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to be abroad and…

I think it’s safe to say that my study abroad experience in London has completely changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. In these three months, I’ve gotten the chance to speak with people from countries all across Europe and Asia, and got the chance to visit and experience cultures vastly different from my own. This theme of unfamiliarity became the perfect backdrop on which to analyze myself and learn things I have previously overlooked while in the comfort of my home culture. Here are a few things…