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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Paris- The City of Lights

Posted October 16th, 2013 by Phil in Paris, France

So this past week has been an interesting week to say the very least. I started my third week of classes and again, I’m very blessed to have such wonderful teachers who are patient teaching classes that I want to take (minus grammar but that comes with the territory I suppose). One thing that was…

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The Honeymoon is over

Posted October 10th, 2013 by Phil in Paris, France

The honeymoon is over. For that reason, I have found it difficult to write as often as I would’ve liked to since my courses have started. Although I am busy, I am truly enjoying my classes here! I’m of course taking six credits of French language and a phonetics class. My electives though, they’re pretty…

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Week #1- Tourist Week

Posted September 18th, 2013 by Phil in Paris, France

It’s amazing how much I’ve learned so far; I’ve only been here twelve days and I’ve done so much and seen even more. So let’s start at the beginning:   I arrived in Paris, completely unaware of where I was in regards to where I needed to go. Let me tell you, it is so…

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A Place to Crash

Posted September 6th, 2013 by Phil in Paris, France

For my first night in Paris, I needed a place to stay. For a student like myself, a hostel is the best choice. In America, we really don’t have anything that are quite like youth hostels, but they are EXTREMELY common throughout Europe. Hostels are great choices for any young person on a budget who…

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