02/13/12 02:48:57 PM
I arrived in Paris yesterday. After getting tremendously lost and sleeping for 17 hours I'm up and going and excited to travel around my favorite city! Today I went to see the L'Orangerie, my favorite museum, because I found out that tomorrow the Monet Lilies, the main attraction at the museum, is being closed for maintenance until February.
I'm going to be here until Saturday, seeing my favorite museums and taking in as many of the sights (and crepes!) that I can before I head back to the UK. Even though I love Paris and I am really enjoying my vacation, I find myself missing my University and the town that I now consider to be home.
Unfortunately, this is going to be my last blog post. I feel a little sad that I won't be able to inform and help others about not only my University experience but what to expect not only in overseas Universities but in those in the US. I do have a few parting words before I take off on the rest of my vacation and the final semester of my first year at the University.
Remember that when you are in a University you are part of a wonderful community. Even if you leave your hometown to take off to a University far away from any of your old friends and your family, you have people all around you who are experiencing the exact same things you are experiencing. You are never alone. Try to get out there and meet people. Almost everyone is in the same situation that you are; as a first year everyone is a little confused with the whole University experience and looking for friends. Things may be tough, but you wouldn't have been accepted to your college if the administration didn't think that you could manage what it would throw at you. You'll get through if you know how to manage your time. With that said, don't stay in your dorm all the time studying. There is a vibrant social life in college that every person will be able to find a niche in if they look hard enough.
This is a wonderful time in your life and I hope you enjoy it to its fullest. I wish you the greatest success and joy in college and beyond.