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…

A junior from Farmingville, NY, Dana always felt pulled to study abroad in an urban environment. Before she knew it, she was on a plane to Paris and selected as the CEA MOJO (mobile journalist) for the Fall semester. In just a few short weeks, her apprehension about moving to France as a French language beginner dissipated, and she began to make Paris her home. Dana lives in a student residence hall on the Left Bank of the city and shares a room with another CEA student. “Go…

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Talking about the LGBTQ community can be controversial and sparks strong opinions. LGBTQ individuals may feel unsafe and uncomfortable with expressing their sexual or gender identity, especially in environments unfriendly to the LGBTQ community or in unfamiliar territories. Being part of the LGBTQ community myself, I have experienced both positive and negative reactions. However, out of all the cities I have been to all over the world, Paris has been the most LGBTQ friendly thus far. Here’s why: France is Recognized as one of the most Gay-Friendly Countries…

Studying abroad has many advantages. Embarking on the journey and having the courage to live outside of your comfort zone, while hard at times, can help you to grow in ways that will benefit you for the rest of your life. As a Communications major, I have pinpointed the three major ways a study abroad experience will complement your education. Through increasing your understanding of cultures, networking internationally, and continuing personal growth, study abroad gives you the skills and experiences which can potentially catapult your future career into…

To put it bluntly, study abroad is the adventure of a lifetime. But studying abroad with CEA is the complete journey. By exposing you constantly to new cultures and ideas, with the tools CEA provides, you have the opportunity to find yourself and step further outside of your comfort zone than you ever thought you could. Understanding cultures Becoming culturally oriented is a process. Understanding another culture is not something you can check off your to do list in a day.  It takes time and courage to become comfortable…

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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…

One Weekend: One Bag. The ten things I packed for a weekend in Switzerland and the backpack essentials you need! As an abroad student we try to take advantage of the weekends we have to explore our host countries and to travel to other countries. Regardless of where we are headed it is important to travel lightly, it makes using transportation a breeze when all you have to keep track of is one bag. My whole life I have been an over-packer, but since I started traveling while…

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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…

Thinking about going abroad? Ever wondered what it’s like to be a student in another country? Prior to coming to Paris France I wondered the same thing. Follow me on my typical Tuesday to find out what it’s like to be a study abroad student! Emily D. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in Paris, France. She is currently a Freshman studying Communications at High Point University.