It’s tough to admit that my time in Paris has ended–for now, at least! It was a period of enormous growth for me: academically, personally, and experientially. It never would have happened so smoothly and successfully without CEA as a jumping-off point. This summer, if you had asked me “What are the environmental impacts of the wine industry?” or “Which soft intervention would best add to the architecture of Paris?” or even “Parlez-vous Francais?”, I wouldn’t have an answer to any of them. But now, I’d be happy…

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…

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…

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…

Some photographic highlights of my favorite course at the CEA Paris Center — The History of Paris: An Architectural Perspective! Dana F. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Paris, France. She is currently a junior studying Cinema & Photography at Ithaca College.

You might not know that Florence is the center of the art world. It holds some of the most famous art works in all of history. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Why would an art major choose any other city in Italy but Florence? For me, it is not just about being surrounded by the famous artwork, but how the Florentine people treat me. Florentines follow their passion when it comes to their careers. They embrace what they love to do and do it for the…

I encourage anyone who reads this to travel solo at least one time in Europe while you are here. It changes everything. I traveled alone twice while being abroad. I went to Paris and Lake Como. Both experiences were different, yet brought me closer to loving and discovering myself. It is very intimidating and scary to spend a whole weekend alone with just yourself. The motto I told myself while traveling alone was: “I am alone, but I don’t feel lonely”. Then it hit me, I did not…

After being in Florence for a semester, I have finally figured out how to feel like a local. I participated in a half marathon on December 8th in San Miniato, went to locations that only speak Italian, and ate at small local joints. I went to several different Christmas markets throughout Italy. My favorites have been the Florence Christmas market and the one in Verona Italy. If you study abroad in Florence, defiantly try the Central Market upstairs for lunch and dinner! They offer several different stands with…

Choosing where to live for my first time in an entirely new city (and country!) prompted me to do some soul-searching. Did I want the expected comforts of an apartment and the responsibility that’s attached to it? Or did I want the bustling student population just across the hall? And would I have to sacrifice one to get the other? I chose the guarantee of students as neighbors and didn’t have to sacrifice much. Sure, I don’t have a private kitchen, bathroom, or living area. What I do…

Since I’ve been in France, my days have been filled with more breathtaking sights and precious moments than I can count. I don’t ever want to forget my experiences here, so I’ve relied on documenting Paris through photography – my favorite artistic medium. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the trap of photographing just about everything you see without much thought or intention behind the photo you’re taking. I’m not immune to this habit, but I look back the most fondly on photographs I took that…