About My Study Abroad Program
Major/Minor: Major: Psychology Minors: Entrepreneurship, French
Program: NC in Paris Consortium Program
Location: Paris, France
Term: Spring 2022
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I've always dreamed of living in Paris and improving my French was a large goal of mine, and I knew I wanted to be involved in language immersion during my semester abroad. This is what lead me to choosing Paris, and specifically my program, because it gave me the option of living with a host family while abroad and focused on French language development.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learnt how much fun I have when I push myself out of my comfort zone. I like to meet new people and try new things, and being abroad really allowed me to dive into this part of my personality. I was able to test my independence and discover what is important to me when traveling.
What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories was spending a weekend in Normandy, specifically at Mont St. Michel with some friends in my program. It was such a unique experience and we were able to spend time at a really famous, special place in France and I'm so thankful for that experience. Another favorite memory of mine was meeting up with all of the current UNC students studying in Paris on various programs, and UNC alum who live in Paris, to watch the March Madness basketball games together. This was pretty cool, and we rushed the Seine together when we won! Another favorite memory of mine was meeting up with all of the current UNC students studying in Paris on various programs, and UNC alum who live in Paris, to watch the March Madness basketball games together. This was pretty cool, and we rushed the Seine together when we won!
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
I think students abroad should know that there will be an adjustment period when you first get there. It's normal to feel out of place, uncertain and challenged until you are able to get used to the new place. It will feel hard, but this is something everyone will experience and you will eventually learn and grow through the difficulty! It's such a unique learning curve and don't feel discouraged if it feels really hard at first.