|I am going to miss the beautiful building of Grenoble|
There is very little I would change about the time I have spent here in France. It did take awhile to get adjusted to the French culture and to constantly speak French, but the patience that I have gained is a valuable quality that I will have for the rest of my life. Back in January, my favorite place to go for dinner was McDonald's. After traveling thousands of miles across the Atlantic and into France I chose to frequent this American fast-food restaurant. To be fair, many French students my age frequent McDonald's as well, so maybe it still sort of counted as a French dining experience? Okay no, it really did not because I mostly went there since I could order via an electronic machine. My friends and I would stumble when speaking French and were disappointed in ourselves when French people would speak back to us in English. We had studied the language for years, but somehow interacting with native speakers was marginally more difficult.
|An authentic French burger is always better|
Yesterday, I was chose to eat lunch at a local burger restaurant with my friend, Egan. We ordered in French like it was second nature and actually discussed how much better that restaurant was compared to McDonald's. Surprisingly, it was cheaper too. Even more surprising, neither of us could remember the last time we went out for fast-food. Study abroad provides us with the opportunity to not only be exposed, but also to be immersed in a new culture. Of course, it is up to us to take that opportunity. I had to make the decision to go visit castles, try new restaurants, walk a different path in the city and interact with students from all around the world. I am so grateful to my CEA program for providing me with the support and countless opportunities. Furthermore, I am proud of myself for taking advantage of such opportunities. I am going to miss Grenoble dearly.
Samantha Steed is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO in Grenoble, France. She is currently a junior at Soka University.
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