A Semester in Paris        
About Myself
Name: Lauren Weybrew
Hometown: Hatfield, Mass.
Major: History
Certificate: French
My Paris Favorites
Books: The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake and A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Museums:  The Centre Pompidou, The Musee D’Orsay
Quote: I stayed three weeks in Paris, fell in love with the city, and decided that I was born to live in Paris.”
--Ed Bradley
Restaurants: Angelina’s for hot chocolate, Le Grange St. Michel for fondue, Tribeca, Flam’s
Things to do: Shopping, open air markets, sitting in Luxembourg Gardens, used book stores
Stores: Le Bon Marche, FNAC, Zara
A Semester in the City of Light
I spent the spring 2007 semester in Paris, France.  
It was exciting, scary, and life-changing. My French skills improved, but my money management skills did not. I travelled to brand new places and to places that I had been before. I ate a lot of croissants and a lot of fondue. I also ate escargot and frogs legs.  I went from being a tourist to being annoyed by tourists. I only went to the top of the Eiffel Tower once but had picnics beneath it many times. I will forever miss getting falafel in the Marais district on Sundays with Ali, Morgan, and Taylor. I will never miss being packed into the metro cars during rush hour. It’s true that there is nothing like Paris in springtime. It’s also true that Paris is extremely expensive.  
My study abroad experience was more than I ever imagined it could be. Going to the Sorbonne, the same school that educated some of history’s greatest figures. Walking down streets where historical and fashion icons have come before. Living a block from Marie Curie’s house. It all adds up to a mind-blowing way to spend a semester. I spent five amazing months in France. I did things I never thought I would do and many that I thought I would.  I would jump on the next plane to go back, but I would not want to live there. I grew up a lot and learned even more.