On September 4th, 2017, fourth-year Mount BA (Communication) student Julie Hatfield set off for Lille, France where she’s spending the fall semester studying at Université Catholique de Lille as part of the Mount’s Study Abroad program. Julie’s promised to keep us updated on her adventures. Now more than two months into her exchange, her list of new experiences, friends and food is long. Here’s Julie’s latest check-in.
I’ve been living in France for more than two months now – a sentence I never believed I would get to say in my lifetime but is now possible due to the Mount’s Study Abroad program. Studying abroad is this amazing experience in which you discover things about the world, yourself and others you don’t have a chance to do otherwise.
Between school and travel I have been immersed in a world where I am learning and experiencing new things every second. My new learnings come from my classes at ISTC (the communications school in Lille), my travels, the international friends I’m making and, of course, the food.
My favourite place I’ve been so far is Nice, in the south of France. It has been my dream since high school to visit the south of France and I can now say I’ve visited my dream destination in the world. Mind = blown. Southern France is beautiful (not to mention warm!) – I highly recommend it.
As I prepare for next weekend where I will be hiking the French Alps (can’t believe I can say I’m doing that), I can’t help but be forever grateful to the people who helped me get here and having the opportunity to go on exchange. I hope that others also start looking into exchange and how it can enrich their education and live, the way it has already improved mine in these two and a half short months.