Studying abroad has positively changed the way I look at the world. I am more open to new concepts, always up for a challenge, and I have become more organized since studying abroad.
One of the things I quickly learned, if you are traveling, and don’t have a plan, you can spend all day roaming around and never see what you want. While studying abroad, I was always doing things that were new to me, and because of this, I am no longer scared of the unknown. I accept there will always be new foods to try, new people to know, new places to visit, and new challenges to overcome.
KEI was the most affordable program. There were certain criteria I wanted the program to have. For me, I wanted an option to stay with a host family. It was vital for me to be able to immerse myself in the culture. Also, I wanted to go on excursions to other cities in France. I had the chance to see two diverse but equally scenic cities, Strasbourg and Marseille.
Another critical aspect was having someone on-site in Paris to help with the basics. For example, in the beginning, being pickup from the airport, showing us how to use the metro, where school was located, etc., were essential things I knew I would need help with.