All posts by Beverly Zhuge

Recent Events in France: My Thoughts

Education Abroad reminds readers that risk is everywhere, even in Philadelphia, and we encourage all of our students to be thoughtful and well-educated travelers. This is one of the important ways to lower the negative impact of incidents that could occur as described in this insightful blog post. Though it may not have been an ...

What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving having occurred last week, I felt the desire to reflect on my time here in Lyon (even though nobody in France celebrates this holiday)! I’ve mentioned this before, but study abroad can be a life-altering experience. There are some lessons you cannot learn until you’re pushed out of your comfort zone. Language barriers, loneliness, ...

Mental Health, Midterms, and More Mini-Adventures

“C’est fini, c’est fini!” Still buzzing with lack of sleep and last night’s crammed revisions, I glanced up. The professors were standing at the front of the amphitheater, collecting the Fluid Mechanics exams as students got out of their seats and turned them in. More than wrong answers, I feared for my exam if I ...

Yes, I’m Actually STUDYING Abroad…

Travels and adventures aside, I did come to Lyon with the explicit purpose of studying abroad. Today, I figured I’d take some time to describe my academic experience here. The process of studying abroad is quite complicated, and the challenges unfortunately don’t get stopped at border control. When I arrived at INSA Lyon, I immediately ...

The First of Many Adventures: Frankfort and Geneva

In my first study abroad essay, I wrote: “One of my personal goals is to learn more about the world around me. With the exception of China, I have never stepped foot outside of North America. However, language and culture have always fascinated me.. I believe that the best way to understand another culture is ...

Bienvenue à Lyon!

The instructions were simple. Exit the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, find the Rhône-Express train, and get off at the Part-Dieu stop. Charlotte, my French friend, had explained it all to me. “I will be waiting for you there,” she said. “It will be easy to find each other!” There was just one small oversight: it was ...