Second semester study abroad, at least in the case of studying in Clermont-Ferrand, France, means fewer hours of class per week. Result? The challenge to motivation myself, but plenty of independence and the opportunity to really get into the activities I’m passionate about!

I just recently got back from Spain and am very much ready to dive into my studies and activities in the city. Although I’ve already had almost 2 months of my second semester, I feel as if I’ve barely had a weekend at the house. It’s been wonderful but I’m ready to settle down into my second semester Clermont life.

I admit that before recently I was not as motivated as I could have been to organize my schedule. I was focused on the present and did not put in much extensive effort to take full advantage of the fact that I’m in FRANCE! Yesterday I was finally able to sit down for a good amount of time and seriously organize the rest of my time here. I’m excited!

Other than my usual reading and French homework (which I legitimately enjoy very much!), I have a side research project to concentrate on, including interviews (in French!). My homework and research project make up the majority of my academic activities, whereas my extracurricular activities have even more liberty to develop. I’ll be helping students with English, reading for a book club, organizing my summer, doing gymnastics, going to various events around town, hiking, spending time with my friends and host family,  and hopefully continuing to meet plenty of the lovely people who keep making my time here so enjoyable!

As the motto for this year’s group of K students in Clermont goes, il faut profiter, translated roughly into English as YOLO!!!

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Alexandra Smith ʼ16

About Alexandra Smith ʼ16

Alexandra is a Junior from Corvallis, Oregon who is currently studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a double major in French and International Studies with a minor in Economics. Sophomore year, Alexandra led a program for the Center for Civic Engagement at K and was a Co-President of the club Zookeepers. She loves dancing, painting, writing, eating, and travelling.