My primary goals of this study abroad program, which stayed intact throughout the month I stayed in France, were to better my French, fully immerse myself in the French culture and take as many amazing pictures as I possibly could. Throughout my stay in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, I felt I was fully immersed in the French culture; staying with a host family allowed me to fully experience a French lifestyle as well as improve my French, for I always spoke French whenever I interacted with my family. I established a great relationship with them while in France and hope to keep in touch! My teachers/chaperones were incredibly thoughtful, sweet and personable. They made us feel so comfortable and became more than just teachers and event coordinators. They were someone we could go to with anything, making my experience even better. As for my fellow Abbey Road goers, the moment I introduced myself to everyone in the group, I knew we would all get along. There was never a dull moment amongst everyone in the group and it was so difficult to say goodbye. People in my group live all across the United States, ranging from New York to California. One of the girls on the trip lives in Hong Kong, China, making the departure more emotional than I anticipated. The thought of being apart from these people for over twelve hours scared me, and seemed too surreal to be true. The entire experience had a surreal vibe when I reflect back. To think I spent the majority of my summer in France with such amazing people seems too good to be true. One of the things I absolutely loved about this trip, surprisingly, was the daily class. Every Wednesday, class was held in Nice, where we would get to practice our French. Our teachers would assign us talking topics and we’d go out and converse with the locals, whether it be in outdoor food markets or on their way to the local Boulangerie. This way of learning helped expand our vocabulary and practice speaking French in real-life settings where we would debate politics, discuss local cuisine, or an upcoming futbol match. We also would take trips to museums, where we would get the opportunity to experience cultural aspects of the French, which was also something I enjoyed. This trip was something completely life changing and I’m so glad I chose Abbey Road this summer!
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My study abroad program with Abbey Road in St-Laurent-du-Var - by Karina L.