Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream by Isabelle Picciotti

When the opportunity presented itself during the first week of classes to book a trip to London, my friends and I bought tickets faster than you can say “Ryanair’s baggage policy is as follows…” We all had different reasons for booking the trip and planned our days accordingly. For the friend who wanted to retrace the…

7 Tips To The Perfect Aixperience by Maxine Musto

Take a day trip— Some great options for warmer weather are Cassis, Nice, and La Ciotat.  Some non-weather dependent trips are Marseille, Avignon, Arles, or Nimes. This is a great way to spend a day during the weekend!  Take the time to sleep— Studying abroad for such a short time, I often get caught up running around and trying…

A Piece of Home Away From Home by Paulina Kawalec

Choosing an external study abroad program, I knew, meant sacrificing the comfort of going abroad with all the students I went to school with. It was a daunting feeling, deciding to leave my college just two years after arriving.  However, I reasoned with myself, deciding that I was ready to do this, to meet new…

The Meaning of Dinnertime in Aix by Brittany Robinson

“Ah, la vache!” This is the phrase my host mom exclaimed after I killed a mosquito at the dinner table with a piece of bread. The literal translation of this is “Ah, the cow!” However, she really meant something along the lines of “Oh my God, please stop killing insects with my French bread.” This…

The Gift of Studying Abroad, by Isabelle Picciotti

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me, “How are you feeling?!” before I left to study abroad, I could buy un café latte on my way to class EVERY morning for the entire semester. Well, only if the exchange rate works in my favor. Imagine, for a minute, that you’re 7 years old again. Your parents have…

An Open Letter to the Cicadas, by Sara McCrea

No words can express the joy I felt when I stepped out of my room at 8 a.m. this morning to find that the temperature outside was actually manageable. Yes, I can confirm the news that scared my relatives on the other side of the Atlantic—we are deep in the canicule, the intense, record-breaking heatwave…

Festival Avignon, by Bowie Hagan

I had the opportunity to spend a recent weekend in Avignon and to enjoy the spectacle(s) of the July theatre festival. I was there during the opening weekend, and the atmosphere was truly magical. The streets were littered with flyers for productions, and the air in the streets was full of excitement. Theatre abounds every…

Window Shopping, by Sara McCrea

Throughout this second week, I found that I no longer needed a navigation app to help me find my way around Aix. This may sound like a small accomplishment, but as a person with a poor sense of direction, this is an achievement worthy of a gold medal. It may be cliché, but I have…

Budgeting for Priceless Adventures, by Jacy Baber

My mother works in finance, and so it has always been drilled into my head how important it is to keep track of your money and what you do with it. Going into the summer, I knew I was going to be spending a lot of money. I did not know, however, how much or…

In dreams begins responsibility, by Bowie Hagan

In his commencement address, Dr. Leigh Smith invited students to ponder God’s question to the biblical figure Adam: “Where art thou?”. This question has become more pertinent as the excitement of novelty wears off, and I begin to consider in earnest my location and my destination. Before arriving in Aix, I had a personal narrative…