Name: Natalie Fenton
Program: Semester Exchange at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France
Major: Modern Languages - French, and Psychology
Term Abroad: Fall semester during junior year
During the fall semester of 2012, I studied abroad in Angers, France at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest. I arrived in Angers on July 31st after a very long journey from Saint Louis with my bags stuffed within an inch of bursting. The month of August was occupied with an intensive language program called CIDEF where exchange students from all over the world united in one common language: French. This month was by far the most beneficial of the five months I spent overseas because it felt the most holistic to me and I met great friends with whom I still very close.
As a benefit of being connected with CIDEF, throughout the entire semester I had the opportunity to participate in excursions such as visiting the most prestigious castles in all of Europe, going to the coast and taking a boat tour of the Gulf, and touring the Normandy beaches.
That semester, I was lucky enough to travel. I went to Brussels, Belgium; Disneyland Paris; Lille, France; Berlin, Germany and Liverpool, England. My best friend came to visit me as well and that was a much needed taste of home after I had spent so much time away. Overall, I am so grateful I had the opportunity to grow as young global citizen and I would not trade my experiences for anything.