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Study Abroad Profile: Meghna Gautam

Meghna Gautam abroad in France

Program:IES Summer Programs in Paris
Location: France
Rank: Junior 
Major: Psychology and French

“The summer before I started college at Ohio State, my family and I went on vacation to London. I was excited, but I remember being a little let down that we weren’t going to France. It had been a dream to visit there since I started speaking French at age 12, but I wasn’t sure if it would happen. What I didn’t know at the time was that my parents had planned a surprise trip to Paris. I was ecstatic to get the chance to finally see this amazing city, but three days in Paris wasn’t enough—I wanted to explore every nook and cranny of the city, and lose myself in the magic of France’s capital. So, when the time came to decide where I wanted to study abroad, Paris was my top choice, and the six-week language intensive program offered by IES during the summer was perfect for me.

I can’t even begin to describe how beneficial this experience was for me, both personally and academically. My French language and comprehension skills were challenged daily as I communicated with my host family, my professors and the people in shops and restaurants. I was able to view firsthand how life operates in a major European city, and how different the culture is in France versus the United States. I walked along ancient streets every day, lost myself in the history of the city, and ate all the baguettes my heart desired. I came to Paris not knowing a A Buckeye abroad in Francesingle soul beforehand, but I left with the memories of meeting amazing new friends and a wonderful family.

It’s difficult to narrow down what my favorite experience was because the entire program was great in itself, but I’m so glad I was able to discover the magic of the city for an extended period of time. It is an opportunity that I’m so lucky to have received, and an experience that I would live over and over again if possible.”