Paris is a Dream - Elise Timmerman
So I’ve been in Paris for a little over two weeks now, and everything is going great! When I called my dad, he immediately asked if it was everything I had dreamed of and I’m happy to report that it is and more!
My first three weeks of school are an intensive French learning program. It has been a great way to brush up on my French and learn a little more about Paris. It’s also been different in that I’m taking this class with people from different countries and who are in very different phases in life. For example, my class is a mix of American, Brazilian, Italian and Chinese students and a few other places the world. Most of them are also older and taking this class to learn French for jobs or came to Paris with their spouses. Usually in my French classes back in the U.S., if I didn’t know a word I would say it in English and everyone would know what I’m trying to say. But with the diversity of my class, I can’t rely on my English and have to focus more on only using French to communicate with others, which has been good for me.
Unfortunately, with my class being small and with my classmates being so diverse it has been harder to make friends, especially since our school doesn’t provide an orientation program to help us get to know other international students. Luckily, my roommate Kate and I have another friend from Marquette who goes to Sciences Po, another school in Paris with a great orientation program. Thanks to her we have tagged along on a couple of their outings, like to Versailles this weekend.