University of Mississippi
1. How has your study abroad experience shaped you today?
Study abroad has shaped me into the person I am today in so many ways. For starters, while I was abroad I met some of the most amazing and open-minded friends I could ever ask for. Travelling and seeing the world with people creates bonds and friendships that will last forever! It’s amazing how many like-minded people you meet at school and in the different cities you will travel to! While studying abroad you will experience new cultures and learn a lot of new things about the world that have influenced the way that I think and experience life. While travelling I have become much more open-minded and aware of other cultures. I have also improved my language skills. This has allowed me to continue to experience French culture through books, movies, etc. now that I’m back in America. Traveling while studying abroad made me more independent and confident in myself. I learned that I can go out in the world on my own and navigating unfamiliar situations. I am so thankful to CEA for making me the person I am today!
2. If you learned another language while you were abroad, what tips and tricks can you offer future study abroad students?
If you’re learning a new language while abroad there are so many fun ways to practice and improve your skills! My favorite way to practice my listening skills was to watch different French films. There are so many awesome French movies out there, and it’s fun the watch them with friends! The best way to practice your speaking skills is to get out there and talk with locals. I found a café that hosted events where French students could practice English while Americans practiced their French just by talking! I made a lot of French friends through that and was able to practice my French that way. I liked to try reading my favorite books in French. It’s a great way to learn new vocabulary, get examples of sentence structures, and get a new perspective on your book! Finally, it may seem weird but there is some good French rap out there. It’s a good way to practice listening, learn slang, and embrace French culture!