Student Experience Blog: Academics

Warning: Adult Content

I’m going on an adventure, readers.

Bonjour from Paris!

Bonjour from Paris! Our first few days in France have been amazing so far. After the grueling eleven hour plane ride from San Francisco to Paris, we were all very excited to have finally arrived. We checked in to our hotel, freshened up, and then rested for a little bit (read that: we napped). Then Prof. Angresano was off and running!

Foggy Mornings, Firefly Nights

I'm about to throw a bunch of numbers at you. Keep track of these, they'll be coming up again sooner than you think:

10, 7, 5, 18, 87, 306.

No, these aren't winning lottery numbers. No, these aren't the coordinates to some far off star system. But these numbers do relate to the first week and a half of my Winter Term experience so far.

Playing House

It is the second week of the Winter Semester and things are getting pretty interesting. I am pretty sure we all loved playing house when we were young and even though it is slightly different depending on cultures and geography, playing house was fun and it still is. 

Nous Parlons Francais - Getting Ready for France

Il y a trois jours avant que nous partons pour Paris!! Wait, what? You don’t speak French? Sorry. Let me translate that. There are only three days until we leave for Paris!!

This week has been crazy busy trying to get ready. We’ve had class for 2 ½ hours every day, reviewing our travel plans, discussing France’s business and political economy, and learning French. We’ve all been getting to know each other a lot better, which has been great. Everyone (including the professors) is really excited.

We Gotta Fight for Our Right to…Fight?

The first (and only) rule about Fight Night, readers, is do not talk about Fight Night. Otherwise, you’re going to end up looking in a box with Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in it.

Wait, no. Sorry. I’m mixing up my Brad Pitt movie references. Seriously, though, you are not supposed to talk about Fight Night.

So, naturally, we’re going to talk about Fight Night (I know. I’m ever the rabble-rouser. I blame public schools and violent video games.).

Trying to Go Somewhere New

Tomorrow, I’m turning in my application to spend next fall studying in Northern Ireland.

The idea of studying abroad has been on my radar since childhood, and exactly one year ago, I got a taste of international travel with the London trip. But a longer-term commitment in Northern Ireland has been wheeling around in the back of my head since my freshman year.

Snowballs and Ski Slopes

A lot has happened since my last blog post. First off, I took my finals and fall term has ended. Finals where as hard as I expected and I felt I had studied enough, and I was fortunate enough to not have to pull an all-nighter. When I got my grades last week, I found out I had done even better than what I had been hoping for.

Reading, Reading, Reading

There is absolutely nothing like being home for the holidays. I had finished all my finals. I was exhausted and sick of studying. But when I caught sight of the beautiful snow-covered mountains of my home, I felt myself relax. I’ve spent the break hanging out with friends and family, having fun catching up. I’ve been cooking and baking all the delicious things I miss eating when I’m at school. I’ve been sleeping in until noon and staying in my pajamas all day. It’s great.

A reflection on my D.C. escapade

The latter half of my time in Washington, D.C. turned out to be much more eventful than life before and during the shutdown. What began as a paying-your-dues internship – answering phones, sorting mail, and handling faxes – gradually evolved into meaningful work experience. I wrote letters to constituents, sat in on more committee hearings, conducted more research, and even made it onto C-SPAN a couple times.

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