Bonjour! My name is Lora Chizmar. This summer, I am traveling to Nice, France for three weeks with USFSP to study French, my minor. I am actually a junior at UCF (go knights!) not USF, but this summer UCF was not hosting its usual French language study abroad. So I decided to overcome my school rivalry and sign up to go to France with USF, whose study abroad trip was perfectly timed for me. Let me just say, it was definitely painful to register as a USF student for the summer as I am a UCF Knight through and through.
I have never actually been outside of the United States before. I will be the first of my family to go overseas and experience a new culture. As corny as it may sound, I have wanted to go to France since I was little, as I have always been fascinated with the French language. I started taking French my freshman year of high school, making this my sixth year of studying the language. However, in the United States, it is difficult to become close to fluent as my only practice speaking with others is strictly in a classroom setting. My hope is that through this immersion, I can lose some of my American accent and be able to speak more fluidly.
I have no idea what to expect from this trip. As it is such a short program, I am hoping to avoid any severe homesickness. Everything is going to be new- the other USFSP students, the teachers at France Langue where I will take classes, the food, the mannerisms of the natives, and the environment. I am going in with a completely open mind, ready to experience whatever France has to offer me.