I have been eagerly waiting for my study abroad program to begin. I have the air ticket ready. I will be visiting France on June 25th.
I am enrolled in Averett’s study abroad program French Culture and the Mediterranean. This course will give me exposure to the outside and let me know how people in that part of the world live. The visit to France will promote a sense of coexistence and give me a chance to appreciate other peoples’ cultures.
Since when I was a child, I have always wanted to visit France. I have always adored the French culture and the French people. Actually, if given a chance to live in another part of the world, I would choose France without a second thought. I had decided that at one time in my lifetime I will have to visit France. Therefore, the study abroad program gave me the opportunity to actualize my dreams while at the same time undertaking my studies.
Through the use of Google and the school library, I have been learning about the host country. I am more interested in the language and the culture. I am now aware of the basic greetings, the foods, and the religions of the French people.
Learning about the French culture will make to easily settle in France. Moreover, it will make my interactions with the French people easier. I wouldn’t want to feel like an outsider while in France.
Also, learning about France will ensure that I don’t offend the people in France. I am normally very friendly and I love to smile. Some things that we consider normal here in America may be offensive in France.
While abroad, I want to learn about French traditions, French art, the business culture in France, and French cuisine.
I am nervous about how my trip to France will turn out to be. Will the people be welcoming, friendly, or hostile? I can’t wait to find out when I land in France. Stay tuned!
Carlita Britten QMHP-A BA