After officially completing a language placement exam, registering for classes with the Institut Catholique de Paris and submitting a stack of papers for my visa, it's time to sit back and relax until jetting off to France in February.
There has never been a question as to whether or not I would study abroad; it's been my plan since I began taking French classes as a freshman in high school. When I got to Iowa State in the fall of 2014, I was looking into study abroad programs before I had even declared a major.
Ultimately, I decided to apply to the International Studies Abroad liberal arts program at the Institut Catholique de Paris in Paris, France.
Initially, I was hesitant to study abroad in Paris because of how prominitely English is spoken across the city. I wanted to be immersed in French, but after deciding to live with a French family during my time abroad and enroll in all French courses, I think that I made the right choice, as I have such easy access to French language and culture.
In an effort to keep in touch with everyone at home, I plan to write weekly blogs and post short videos to share my adventures and experiences. I am also applying to be a social media intern with Iowa State's Study Abroad Office to provide students with an idea of what it is really like to tackle a semester in a foreign country.
I am most interested in this internship because in my own research of programs abroad, I found it difficult to find student testimonies, or they were uninteresting. I think that I could provide interesting insight because of my vast experience in writing, photography and videography to make my blog fun, informational and persuasive for students that are considering studying abroad but have yet to commit.