The First 2 Days

Posted September 12th, 2014 by in Paris, France

The First 2 Days

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Introduction

Posted September 12th, 2014 by in Paris, France

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Le Château de Versailles

Posted May 21st, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

My decision to visit the birthplace of the French Revolution came when Île de France, the region where Paris is located, was de-zoned over the spring holidays. The way that zoning works is that people pay for the regions they regularly visit when they recharge their monthly Navigo (public transportation) passes. Since I live in…

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Paris Promenade

Posted May 8th, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

Not surprisingly, part of going to the Catholic Institute is taking a French language course. My professor went on medical leave for the first half of the semester, so we had a substitute. Seeing her go was a bit emotional. To make things a little easier she took us on a tour of the Latin…

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Belleville

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

One of the most important components of the Paris program is the bénévolat, or service-learning. Students are placed with different community partners based on their interests and level of French. Since I speak French at a high-intermediate level, my bénévolat is at the Central Socioculturel Belleville (Belleville Sociocultural Center), where activities are conducted entirely in…

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A “Nice” Weekend

Posted March 11th, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

The Paris program director, Mme Shelley Cavaness, recommends that students travel to other regions of France in order to gain a greater understanding of French culture. Not doing so would be like a French person wanting to learn about American culture, going to New York City, and not travelling anywhere else. While Paris is cold…

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It’s already been three weeks?

Posted March 5th, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

The beauty of the Paris program is that the first three weeks are spent going to L’Ecole L’Etoile three hours a day for an intensive review of French. I really enjoyed my time there because it was nice to have a sense of routine, I learned a ton, and I had plenty of time to…

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Bienvenue à Paris

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

As a warning to anyone who decides to study abroad in another country, the first day is rough. That being said, it gets better quickly. My first day in Paris, I was a jet-lagged emotional wreck, but after doing some basic things to settle in like buying a cell phone and a blanket, I began…

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First Impressions

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Emily in Paris, France

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, I have always dreamed of exploring and adventuring in other countries. As someone who has never gone farther from the 515 (that’s what people in Des Moines say when they’re being colloquial) than Las Vegas, I decided that I should put my academic skill set of a major…

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Meet Elaina!

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Elaina in Paris, France

Bonjour! I’m Elaina, and I’m a Junior at Central College. I will be heading to Paris to spend a semester in the awesome city. It is almost unreal that I will be in a completely different life in a few short weeks! At Central, I study Secondary Education, English, and French. I’m from a REALLY…

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