There are two scary things that happen in winter quarter when you’re a sophomore:

First of all, you have to decide if you’re going on study abroad, and if you are, where and for how long. Study abroad happened to be one of the big reasons why I ended up coming to K, so that first decision was easy for me. The “where” part, however, was not as easy. I agonized probably a little more than I should have about which study abroad program to choose. I kept asking myself questions, such as “Where would I learn the most about culture?” “Where would I learn the most language skills?” and “Where would I learn the most about myself?”, but the thing is, I know I will learn and grow an incredible amount wherever I go. There were a billion other questions of course, but it came down to those three, and when the deadline came a couple weeks ago, I finally decided to apply for the six-month Clermont-Ferrand, France program.

A second scary part of this quarter was having to declare a major. This happened on February 4th. Now, majors and minors can be switched around and adjusted once you declare, but the act of declaring is certainly a reality check. If nothing else, it’s a reminder of the fact that you can’t just keep taking classes forever that may or may not be moving in a generally similar direction. That’s a good thing, but if you’re interested in just about every topic like I am, the idea of committing to a specific area of study can be somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, I know I can take a variety of classes and still have a lot of direction in my studies. I ended up declaring a double major in French and International Area Studies with a minor in Economics. We’ll see how it goes!

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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.