I am grateful though to have already had three years to really enjoy Paris to the full. Bars, SU events, karaoke nights, football matches, runs and even a ski trip during my time at ULIP have provided many happy memories. The integration also between my years at ULIP, as well as the opportunity to gain confidence and responsibility from my time on the Students’ Union and learn the ability to work independently, have all been things that have helped me to adjust to my current degree.
One thing I do miss a little though is the more artistic side of ULIP. Writing abstract poetry with Professor Milne, or watching 1930s French cinema, was very special and something I loved. I have really enjoyed moving into political science, however, and Sciences Po has a very professionalising approach that was a key aspect in attracting me to study there.
My first year has served to build upon this excitement about languages and culture, and cultivate it into practical tools and skills that I can use in the future. Time has gone by and my studies have changed, but life has not lost any of the uncertainties, challenges, or excitements; it has simply seen them evolve and become a little richer and more rounded.
Where I will be in five years from now? Who knows? But at this moment, I feel very blessed to be where I am, and to look forward to another Parisian year, as well as many more Parisian pains au chocolat.”