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(Near) End of Semester Blues

December 10, 2019

by apaparis

The first week of classes went really well, in my opinion. There was however, a problem with the Economics professor (I class that I do not take), but he was replaced after the first class. For my immigration course, the professor asked us to conduct five interviews for our final project. I had never really conducted interviews before and found the assignment really interesting. I conducted one interview during the week with my host sister, and learned a lot more than I expected. The assignment encouraged me to conduct my own personal interviews with my most talkative (and most lovable) host sister to learn more about Senegal. Even though five weeks in each country has opened my eyes to many realities that I was previously unaware of, there are still many nuances that seep through the cracks. As an outsider learning about a country I will never reach the same level of familiarity as a native, or someone who has been integrated into the system of education since a young age. Since I... Read More

Back Home!

December 10, 2019

by apaparis

To be perfectly honest, I was most looking forward to the Senegal portion of the trip, so it is definitely great to be back. While I was going through immigration, I received my first “How come you don’t speak Wolof?”, which was the welcome that I expected, and the... Read More

An American (Thanksgiving) in Paris

December 5, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hey everyone! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving from everyone here at APA Paris! We had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with APA Thursday evening with tons of traditional thanksgiving food even here in France!   Then over the weekend, I went to a second Thanksgiving with a group of... Read More

Three Countries Three Days

December 2, 2019

by apaparis

The last week of Morocco was one of the most eventful, apart from the train fire of course…nothing can top that.  On Friday after the weekly couscous dinner, I went to Tanger with another American student who had been staying at the same host family. We took the train and... Read More

A Visit to London!

December 2, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Salut! This week has been a whirlwind between a study tour to London and my first Thanksgiving not in America. On Thursday evening, we left for London for our study tour with our Art History class to study the nineteenth century paintings of England. We spend Friday and Saturday... Read More

Enjoying November!

November 22, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hello again! The first half of this week was spend in Vienna visiting some friends from uni who are studying abroad in Vienna, which was super interesting! Here are some photos from my visit:   Then on Tuesday, our political science course, « La France Contemporaine » took... Read More

This is Morocco!

November 14, 2019

by apaparis

I’m back after a week-long hiatus. There is nothing exciting that happened this past week, except for a sickness that will not go away. When I was not in class I was in bed. The one fun thing I did was make pancakes for my host mom. There was another American student living... Read More

Study Tour and so much more!

November 14, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour! This week has been packed with fun activities, starting with our Study Tour to Brussels for the APA in-house course, « La France Contemporaine » in which we visited the Conseil and the Parlement of the European Union. We also still made time to enjoys some frites... Read More

First Week of November

November 7, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour bonjour! This week has been lots of fun, beginning with my return from Scotland and ending with a concert at the Philharmonie de Paris! I returned from Scotland on Sunday after a few more days of sightseeing! Here’s a photo of me in front of the Wallace Monument in... Read More

Fall Break in Scotland!

November 7, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hello hello! It’s fall break and I’m currently in Scotland enjoying some Halloween festivities with friends! I would share a bunch about my week but up until yesterday I was sick and hardly doing anything but sleep and watch Netflix until I finally felt better. Now I’ve... Read More

Weekend Trip to Fes 

October 30, 2019

by apaparis

On Friday, we met up at the language center at 9:30 and took a van to Fes. The two Moroccan students, Kanza and Maroua, joined us on our trip. The ride to Fes from Rabat took about 3 hours, but we took a pit stop halfway to grab a bite to eat. When we finally... Read More

Normandie and Molière all in one week!

October 24, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Salut! Right now, I’m writing this blog entry on the train ride to Brussels for fall break, but let me back up through everything else that’s happened this week. On Friday I took both of my APA course midterms, and then in the evening, there was an event at a bar in which... Read More

Last Weekend in Paris and End of Finals

October 17, 2019

by apaparis

The last weekend in Paris was a mix of finishing my final essays and trying to fit in some last minute visits. I barely saw anyone from the program over the weekend because we were all in the same boat–scrambling to finish our assignments while enjoying our favorite parts... Read More

Midterms Week

October 17, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Hello again! It’s the week of midterms so this blog entry is going to be a quick one cause I’ve got lots of studying to do! This week has been wild, between a French movie night to a football (soccer as us Americans call it) match, to class at the Musée d’Orsay to the... Read More

October in Paris!

October 11, 2019

by Calista Goldwasser

Bonjour! This week has been an exciting one! Friday started out with a bit of shopping to keep up with the fashionable Parisians. My language support instructor told me about a store she liked so I just had to check it out. Saturday was APA’s visit to the Château of... Read More

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