I attended a monthly meeting last night for one of the organizations that I am involved in on campus called Husky Ambassadors. There were multiple people that came to speak to us, including the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jane Brown. One really amazing perk of being involved in an organization that focuses on undergraduate admissions is that we get exposure to Northeastern administrators that have a lot of power at this university. Jane spoke to us about Northeastern’s upcoming initiative to create more flexible curricula for students, specifically for rising sophomores through a summer program called NUTerm. Her presentation got me reminiscing about my post-freshman year summer, and I wanted to share my experience with you.
The summer between freshman and sophomore year is a long one. While the idea of sitting around at home all summer sounds like a blessing, I decided that it wouldn’t be enough for me. I did a little bit of research before the summer hit, and I discovered Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. It’s a shortened study abroad program in which students travel with a group of their peers to another country. The trip to France really intrigued me because I studied French all throughout high school, and I’ve always wanted to get a chance to use my knowledge of the language. I applied and was accepted into the program, so I was lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Lyon and a week in Paris! I was taking two courses while I was abroad: a French Language Immersion course and a culture course that focused on French immigration. As an engineer, it was a nice change of pace from my science and math based classes.
Not only did I get to take classes with students from all over the world, but I also got to do SO much sight-seeing. Our school went on weekly trips, which included visiting the medieval city of Perouges and exploring Vieux Lyon. My favorite school expedition was when we visited Lake Annecy. Annecy is a cute little town near the border of Switzerland. It is nestled in the edge of the Swiss Alps and is known for having the cleanest lake in Europe. We went paddle boating on the water, ate ice cream, and toured the historical parts of the city.
While I didn’t get to celebrate the 4th of July, we were there on France’s independence day, known as La Fête Nationale, which happens only ten days after our day of independence. We celebrated by sitting along the river and watching the fireworks that were shot off from the Fourvière hill.
I also got to spend a week in Paris, which was like a dream come true. I loved getting to see the Eiffel Tower (who wouldn’t). We hit up all of the tourist destinations, including the Louvre (there’s a funny story here that I will have to share with you some time), the Catacombs, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Élysées.
It was such an fun experience getting to explore France with other Northeastern students. I actually met one of my best friends on the trip. (I hope she reads this because I can just picture her getting all sentimental right now.) Oh and…The. Food. Was. Awesome.
Anyway, that’s just a tiny snapshot of my amazing study abroad experience. There’s plenty more where that came from!
Do you have any questions about studying abroad at Northeastern?? Feel free to ask!