Category: Summer in Montpellier

Midnight on the Seine

Paris is a city of many names: la Ville Lumière (city of lights), Paname, Pantruche, etc. If you google “city of love,” Paris pops up. Many say Paris is Europe’s New York City, but I don’t think a comparison can be drawn. Where New York City is all glass and metal, Time Square and the ...

The Excitement of Making New Friends

Experiencing new things is always better when you have someone to turn to and say, “isn’t this amazing?” And seeing as though studying abroad contains at least one new experience per day, someone to share them with is, in my opinion, essential.  Personally, I love socializing; I get a rush when getting to know new ...

Engaging in the International Classroom

Traveling for class is a foreign concept to us. Sure, we may walk a few minutes to class, or even commute to campus, but traveling to a place normally visited for leisure with the purpose of taking classes is different to me. Therefore, I feel as though it didn’t really set in that we are ...

Packing: A Traveler’s Rite of Passage

The best part about traveling is, well, traveling. But in my opinion, the worst part by far is packing. Simply put, it’s one of my least favorite activities in the whole wide world. Between traveling every year to my mother’s home country and a nine-week iSTAR stint in Malawi last summer, you would think I’ve ...

Returning Home

Arriving home after study abroad was a somewhat shocking experience. I thought that during my trip I had prepared myself for the way that it would feel to come home. I knew that it would be somewhat of a letdown, since I had spent the past month and a half doing such extraordinary things. Though, ...

Traveling After the Program and Reflections

After the program ended, I stayed in Europe to travel to Italy. I decided to travel solo, which was a big deal considering I had hardly traveled before this trip. I was very smart about everything, though, and ran into no major problems. I first traveled to Nice, in order to get closer to Italy ...

Montpellier, France Week 5

The fifth week of the program brought our time in Montpellier to an end. We had all done so much and seen so many places in the past 5 weeks. For many of us, it was our first time traveling to Europe and it was an incredibly inspiring time for us. I had learned so ...