By Cassi Greenlee
One of the great things about studying abroad is that you finally have the excuse to take up an offer for a visit in a country you normally wouldn’t be in. While visiting a friend in North Carolina over the summer, a met her roommate, Lise. Lise went to engineering school in Grenoble and when I told her I was studying abroad in Nice, she said I was welcome to come visit. With the help of Facebook, I was able to take her up on the offer.
Grenoble was a very important weekend for me because I was able to truly integrate. I spent all my time with French students, rather than my usual international mix. Every night Lise and I were invited out to dinner at friends’ houses. They cooked for us and were incredibly welcoming. It was important for me to be around a different set of young French people, because the students at my school were often cold and distant. It changed my entire perspective.