Alaphia Sandy
Major: French
(with concentration
in Culture and
Civilization) 

I was fortunate to go abroad to France for three weeks during the summer of 2011. I was elated to discover that this French Theater program was available, and it truly was everything I wanted it to be. We travelled to Avignon and Marseille in southern France, and to Paris in northern France. All cities have their own unique vibe that you feel once you are there. In Avignon, I was able to stay with a host family, the Zéribis. They were a great family to stay with, and I enjoyed my time there. I attended class inside the walls of Avignon. Thanks to the small size of the city, even if you were lost you would soon find yourself on a familiar street. My favorite memory of Avignon, besides my homestay family, the food, and the weather, was a theater play Elle et le Petit Prince. It was a version of Le Petit Prince where the prince grows up. It was presented in such a way that it left you mesmerized. In Marseille, I could immediately tell it was a metropolis. Marseille is a mix of so many different cultures, people, ancient and new buildings, and a lively style of living. We got to spend time with the students from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique and we were able to go to surrounding smaller towns. We were able to go to Beaumes de Venise, and to a small town where we cooked with French chefs and ate our creations outside. It was a beautiful location, a place with wonderful company, and a memorable experience. Of Paris, what I remember best is going to La Comédie Française to see L'Opéra de quat'sous, or The Threepenny Opera. The building itself is a work of art, and the opera was amazing; even the scene changes were creative!

Throughout the trip, I had to use the French that I knew to try to communicate. Thankfully, the people I met were understanding and patient when I used the wrong conjugations! Overall, I loved my experience.  I am happy that I will return to France for my semester abroad, and in my future.