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Read first-hand accounts from our students about their experiences on APA Paris programs.

For the Time Being

November 20, 2018

There are only so many more times I am going to be able to look out of the train window and watch the Paris streets come alive below, so I put down my book. It's kind of like I don't want to take any moment for granted at this point, and I've found that just as I'm settling in to my “uncomforts,” taking more risks, and relaxing a bit, I have to think more and more about the process of leaving. I was having a conversation the other day where someone had asked me "why Paris?" and I honestly didn't have an answer. I wasn't head-over-heels for the City of Love when I arrived, and it has definitely taken a hot second to really notice how I've decided to go about being here. One afternoon before my evening class, I was walking around the 14th, taking routes to the 13 that I hadn't taken before and when I spotted a little square with a laundromat, two full cafés on opposite corners, a little crêperie, and a big sycamore. I muttered offhandedly, "ha, I love Paris." And then I... Read More

The Not-Enough-Time Stressin’

November 13, 2018

So it’s Novemeber, huh? No idea how that happened. It’s been rainy and…humid (?) here in Paris as October melded away and the colors of the leaves really arrived and I had to start thinking about my winter coat situatuation. This past week was jam-packed with... Read More

Travel: some Non-Wisdoms

November 5, 2018

In my list of reasons to study abroad in Paris, “getting anywhere from there” was very near the top. I’ve been trying not to treat these four months like my last time ever in Europe, but I also want to take advantage of the time, the place, the motion (ahem). I have taken... Read More

One Morning

October 22, 2018

One morning, I was sat at the dining room table across from my host mom. We both had out laptops out, typing furiously. She had her café, I had an empty tasse du thé. It was quiet in the house, with warm sunlight just beginning to stream through the front windows, and... Read More

In the Spirit of Cake…

October 15, 2018

It was very late. Too late for dinner, but I’d stuffed myself with a gas station sandwich, compote de pomme, and about a thousand Bugle chips, so I’m doing pretty okay as I stepped inside of the apartment on Sunday night. I felt like I’d spent all day on a bus (I had) and... Read More

Rules Don’t Exist and How to Cut a Grapefruit

October 8, 2018

A little over a month here in Paris and the idea of “schedule” is still baffling to me. I like to think that I’m fairly organized, however, after almost missing a class, not thinking about what I’m going to eat for lunch on any given day of the week, not being able to... Read More

Two French Women and an Elevator

October 1, 2018

While tying my shoes in the hallway of the apartment, I was distracted by a sudden burst of chatter coming from outside the door. Thinking that, maybe, my host mom had returned and was speaking on the phone, I waited for the door to open so that I might say hello/goodbye and be... Read More

Paris: a city for a romantic, or a romanticizer?

September 26, 2018

It had gotten to the point of the evening where I had become engulfed in the exhaustion of the travel day, the newness of the city, and the chaos of the language-shift. We had been walking walking walking, and dinner was still a few hours away (because the French eat dinner at... Read More

Dispatches from Dakar #2

June 21, 2018

Writing in Wolof by Boubacar Boris Diop, Concert at Almadies with Ma & Cie featuring Kemit, A homage to Sembene Ousmane with a viewing of his film Xala, Meet Professor Carina Yervasi and the Feast of the Korite for Dispatch from Dakar... Read More

Dispatches from Dakar

June 7, 2018

News of our inaugural launch of APA Dakar 2018 Welcome to the APA office hosted at the Superior Institute of Management (ISM). We have been welcomed by ISM with generosity and support. Sophie Corbeau directs this first edition of the program with the support of Cecilia and... Read More

Clara’s Guide to Paris

April 26, 2018

Today while I was procrastinating starting one of my five (five!!!!!!!) papers due next week, I decided to instead start writing a guide to the city of Paris. And now I share this list with you, cos I love you. Things to see:   Museums Musée de l’Orangerie Giant Monet water... Read More

Picnic

April 10, 2018

When I think of Paris, one of the first images that comes to mind is a picnic along the Seine. As the city turns to Springtime, that dream finally came true. Last Friday, some friends and I took a baguette, some chèvre, and a tomato to the banks of the Seine. We sat on a... Read More

Curtain Call

March 13, 2018

Every week, APA takes us to see a “spectacle.” The spectacles are one of my favorite things about being in Paris with APA — if it weren’t all organized for me, I doubt I would take the time (or money) to go to a show every week. Paris has one of the greatest... Read More

Czech-ing out the rest of Europe

March 4, 2018

One of my favourite things about my semester in Paris so far has been the time I’ve spent away from the city. One of my biggest reasons for choosing to study abroad in Europe was for the opportunity to travel. Since European countries tend to be fairly small (and because of... Read More

Managing Expectations

February 16, 2018

One of the biggest tropes of preparing to study abroad is having incredibly lofty expectations about your time in another country. I had romantic visions of myself riding a bike with a baguette in the basket and picnicking in a different country every weekend. Me as I imagined... Read More

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