Ava Goldwyn CC’21

Bonjour à tous! I am a sophomore in Columbia College studying Art History and Archaeology. Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel with Columbia’s French and Francophone Studies program in Paris. Over the two-month period, I took the two incredible, and very different, courses offered in French: L’économie du sexe and La réinvention de Paris. These classes not only pushed me to speak, write, and think in French, but gave me a new appreciation for the diversity and richness of our global community. Living in a homestay in the 11th arrondissement with my lovely host mother, I experienced the many of the quirks of Parisian life. From daily trips to outdoor markets, to picnics along the Seine, to late-night visits to museums, I discovered the vibrancy of Paris. Over weekends, my classmates and I took our homework to the farms and orchards of Normandie and to the beaches of St-Malo. There was a week-long break in the middle of the program, during which my friends and I traveled to Cinque Terre, Italy to enjoy the Mediterranean and returned to Paris via the south of France, visiting Nice, Marseille, and Avignon along the way. Of all the things I did during my stay, nothing can compare to the day the French won the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998. Some friends and I marched and sang with the entirety of Paris all the way to l’arc de triomphe. I can already tell that these two summer months will shape the rest of my college experience, and possibly my life. There’s so much more I want to say about my experience, so if this program sounds like something you might be interested or if you just want to chat, please please please reach out! Contact me at ajg2251@columbia.edu.