Abby Romain, Paris

University of Michigan

My name is Abby Romain and I studied abroad for a semester with the Middlebury School in France. The program fit perfectly with my studies, as I am currently majoring in International Studies, French, and Comparative Literature at the  University of Michigan.

This semester has been one of the most exciting and educational experiences of my life. Not only was I lucky enough to live for five months in one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the world, but I was able to truly live like a real Parisian: I took classes at University of Paris 3: Sorbonne Nouvelle alongside French students, vacationed in the Alps, learned how to navigate the metro, and was lucky enough to live with a generous and kind host family who inspired and encouraged me every day. Living with a host family was one of the best choices I have ever made! I considered the dormitory option at first, but soon realized that for me personally, it wasn't the best idea. Since I tend to be more quiet, I knew I would have to force myself, whether I was comfortable or not, to speak French with French people every day. This is exactly what living with a family here did: pushed me out of my comfort zone! But in the best way possible! I was incredibly lucky to have been placed with some of the smartest, most amazing and loving people I have ever met. Living and speaking with them every day taught me so much about French culture and lifestyle, and also improved my own understanding and speaking skills immensely.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who is even slightly interested! Speaking from personal experience, there are no regrets involved, except maybe not deciding to apply sooner.