by Emily Upin
High: I’m making headway in my projects for my various classes. I wrote an 8 page French Psychoanalysis paper, picked my topic for my Paris: Lecture d’une ville class, and am quite close to being done with my intensive French class. This all feels good as I can see the end of this academic semester! Along with these academic advancements I do feel like my speaking of the French language is advancing. I’m starting to understand people when they ask me questions. And when I respond they don’t automatically change to English!
Low: They warned us that November was going to be the worst month this semester (mainly because it’s the mid-semester, the language isn’t “there” yet, and it starts getting busy as you’re gearing up for the end of the semester) and oh my lord it was HARD. There was a week or two where I was so overwhelmed. The end is in sight — just two more weeks! (Which in itself is another low, just two more weeks??? Where did the time go?)
Glitter: Thanksgiving Europe Style! I was lucky enough to be able to go to my friend Kira’s house in London for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner (she and her mom are American and live in London.) It was so wonderful and so reminiscent of the Thanksgivings I have at home in MN which helped feel less homesick. Then on the actual day of Thanksgiving our Smith Program organized a lovely potluck Thanksgiving celebration. I decorated the table and it was quiet beautiful (if I do say so myself…) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and to be able to have two lovely celebrations in Paris and London was quiet wonderful!
Emily Upin is a junior at Smith College. She is studying abroad in Paris, France this academic year and couldn’t be more excited to eat lots and lots of cheese. At Smith she is a psychology and French double major. Her interests also include theater, journaling and fashion.