Snowboarding, traveling, fishing
Where did you study?
Name of program
Lyon Summer 2012
Why did you choose to study there?
I love the French language and knew the summer program
to Lyon would be great.
What courses did you choose to enroll
History of Lyon During the Renaissance, Drama/Theater,
Photo Anemee, and Rencontrer
How did you pay for your study abroad
My loving mother saved enough money to pay for my trip
because she wanted me to be able to experience a study
Did you use some sort of financial
aid, scholarship or fellowship?
What was your living situation?
I lived with a host family in an apartment in the middle
of the city of Lyon. The apartment was well-maintained,
I had my own room, and it was only a five minute walk
from the university. The family consisted of a single
mother, two boys (12 and 19), and two girls (both 17).
The family was really nice. They took me to their
country home one weekend, and they helped me with
anything I needed.
What did you do for fun?
I brought a fishing pole so when I could sneak off and
do some fishing I would. The city has two rivers that
run directly through it so a fishing spot was not hard
to find. I also hung out with the other students in the
program. We regularly had wine and snacks by the Rhone (one of the rivers).
Favorite aspect of your trip?
My favorite aspect of this trip was the ability to
travel to other countries relatively cheap and quick.
Challenges you faced?
The course load was at times daunting, but the hardest
part was the week of the 4th of July because I got
really homesick and was only about half way done with
Advice or helpful tips for future
Make sure you are prepared to work and do not be
disheartened by the difficulties you will face.
What is one thing you would change
about your experience?
I would have planned to travel with someone after the
program. I did go to Barcelona for a week after the
program but it could have been a lot better with another
classmate or a friend from home.
Is there a funny or memorable story
you would like to share from your experience?
I arrived in Lyon with about six hours to kill until we
were to meet with our host families so I walked around
the town a little and decided to eat at a cafe. Being
tired from my travels and adjusting to the fact that
everything was in French, I was confused about the menu
and how to order anything. I thought I asked the
waitress for a coffee and water to start, when she
returned with a hot tea I realized I must not have
ordered properly. With that under my belt, I was a
little afraid to order food. Looking at the menu the
only word I understood was boeuf (beef). So I decided I
would order the boeuf. Turns out it was beef tartar, raw
ground beef with some sauces and COLD. Needless to say,
it was a rough first experience at a cafe.
Something interesting you learned
about the town you lived in?
I learned Lyon was one of the first places outside of
China to produce silk.
Would you be willing to allow
students to contact you via email with any questions
regarding your study abroad experiences?
Yes. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org