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IES Paris - French Studies
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Yi Ting Chung

Major: Advertising and French
Minor: International Studies
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I first found out about this opportunity through discussions with my advisers in the French department. 

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

It was amazing! While there, I was able to go to most of the museums in Paris and see the masterpieces myself. One of my favorite things to do abroad was walk around Paris and sit at a cafe like a true Parisian. There was so much to see and so much to discover it's a shame that I couldn't stay longer. I was challenged in my classes and my French has definitely improved. Without having lived and studied abroad, I would never be able to say that I speak French.

"I picked up French after living in Paris for two months, and I can now express myself in French with ease."

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a major in French, I didn't really speak or understand spoken French before going abroad. It was very challenging at first, especially when speaking with my host mom. My reading and writing skills improved immensely since all of my classes were in French and I had to work hard because the grades count. I picked up French after living in Paris for two months, and I can now express myself in French with ease.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals and plans include working in a global media or advertising agency that allows me to use my language skills in English, Chinese, and French. I am interested in how different cultures interact and communicate, and my study abroad experience taught me to always keep an open mind about different cultures and learn to adapt to different environments. In the future, I would love to work in Europe. By going abroad, I now have a better idea of the European lifestyle and a motivation to fulfill my career goals.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, absolutely! Studying abroad was one of the highlights of my college career. Immersing myself in the French culture while studying in Paris has improved my French skills to where I am comfortable speaking the language. 

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