Student Blog

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

The feminist pigeon

September 25, 2015

As a journalism major, I tend to pay attention to the news. It’s usually good practice for someone who intends to be a news writer. Staying up-to-date with current events is crucial, and since I am now living in France, I suppose it’s my duty to watch local French news as well. My host mom turns on the TV every night and watches assorted news stations for a few hours (true dedication). I will often join her and attempt to keep up with the fast-talking anchors and reporters who spit out news at 100 miles a minute–I don’t understand every word, but I manage to get the idea. Amidst the migrant crisis, stampedes in Mecca and train accidents in Calais, I begin to pay close attention to who reports the news rather than just listening to it. As the news anchor on the Franco-German network “Arte” led viewers through the day’s stories, I realize that one, she is a woman and two, she is pregnant. After years of watching Brian Williams deliver my nightly news, seeing a... Read More

Le conte de fées

September 22, 2015

As we pulled up to the Château de Corton André in Aloxe-Corton on the outskirts of Beaune, one of the girls on the bus said, “I now understand the inspiration for fairy tales.” She is absolutely right. I had been to chateaux before–those in the Loire Valley and the Anjou... Read More


September 16, 2015

I’ve been trying to catch my breath the past couple weeks. When I first landed in Paris, I guess I expected the city to suddenly lay out before me, but for any future travelers, it’s important to remember that Charles de Gaulle Airport is still just an airport.... Read More