Bonjour! I’m a senior in Columbia College majoring in American Studies. I spent my entire junior year in the Reid Hall program in Paris, France. Although my major focuses on the United States, by going abroad I was able to immerse myself in another culture’s viewpoint in regards to religion, politics, race, family, social structure, and urban life. I was also lucky enough to complete two Core requirements while in Paris: Art Humanities and Music Humanities. Both of these courses took advantage of Paris’ rich traditions in the arts, including weekly trips to world-class museums, such as the Louvre, concert performances at the Royal Opera in the palace of Versailles, a private tour of the Palais Garnier, the chance to walk Monet’s personal gardens depicted in his paintings… the list goes on. My language skills improved dramatically, and by the end of my year there I was confidently reading, writing, and expressing myself in French, academically and in informal conversation. Paris is a lively, dynamic, and historic city, one to which I have become deeply attached. There is always something new to see, some new corner of the city that you hadn’t thought to check out before, a stairway to a street on which you’ve never walked. If you have any questions about my experiences abroad, or study abroad in general, please don’t hesitate to send me an email and I would love to talk with you. Email Will at: email@example.com.