My name is Aria Washington and I am a senior studying French and History. For my junior year at Xavier, I decided to study abroad for a year in Grenoble, France. As a French major it was important that I spend a part of my academic experience in France. I chose Grenoble because it was a smaller city and allowed me to take full advantage of what it had to offer.
The academic program at the University of Grenoble-Alps was challenging. I was able to transfer all of my study abroad credits toward my Xavier degree and will graduate in May 2017. Grenoble was nothing short of amazing, from hiking up two of Grenoble’s snow capped mountains, visiting a multitude of museums, and riding the city’s famous cable cars “Les Bulles.” My Xavier Study Abroad program provider, AIFS, provided numerous cultural activities (like going to the opera, wine tasting, and French cooking classes), excursions in different parts of France, and cultural and language exchanges with other French students.
Studying in Grenoble gave me opportunities to visit places like Geneva, Rome, Portugal, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Rennes, and of course Paris. What did I love most about my city Grenoble? It was a place that allowed me to explore and expand my horizons, to see who I was as a person, and to see where my imagination would take me. Study abroad would have to be the best decision I could have made for my college career. I would recommend study abroad for everyone. No matter what your major or classification everyone should have the chance to go abroad. Don’t let the naysayers tell you otherwise. Create your own future and destiny.
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