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Elizabeth Hunt

Class Year:



Briarcliff Manor, NY

Global Study Semester:

Spring 2017


IES: Nantes
Nantes, France


French/Environmental Studies

Activities on Campus:

  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters

My Story from Global Study:

I had just begun the process of trying to figure out the French culture. One of the first conversations I had with my host family was comparing French and American stereotypes, and if any of them had any truth to them. My host mom mentioned that French people really do love baguettes as much as we think they do, and that usually, people get a baguette every day. The very next day when I was headed to my class at the university, I saw a French student with a baguette sticking out of his backpack, and I thought it was interesting to see such dedication to French bread. 

My Advice for Future Students:

For advice to students who are considering studying globally, I would say that an important thing to keep in mind is that study abroad is mostly out-of-classroom experience and that it’s perfectly fine (and even expected) to make mistakes and look silly in front of people from the country of study. At times, the change of being in a new country felt uncomfortable, but in the end, studying abroad was one of my favorite experiences ever.