The Beginning

Hi Everybody!!
My name is Rachel Collins and I am a second-year majoring in International Studies on track to pursue a career in International or Human Rights Law. I originally came into college wanting to pursue medicine, but after my first semester of college and being introduced to the world of international relations I completely changed my career goals. I found a passion within law, and knew it was my calling. I have decided to follow the path of International or Human Rights Law to contribute my knowledge in the benefit of others. Living a life dedicated to humanity, and helping others. My passion for human rights, law, politics, and culture led me to studying abroad an entire semester in an atmosphere I never experienced before.

I am currently studying abroad in Paris, France this 2018 Spring Semester with the MICEFA program. I currently reside in Paris in the 12 arrondissement (district). Through the MICEFA program I am enrolled at Science Po in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. I have been in Paris, France since January 1, 2018, and in a future post I will explain how my first month in Paris has been. But, I am excited to share why I’m so excited to be in Paris, and what I hope to accomplish while I am here.

I have always been fascinated by the French culture and language, but I’ve never pushed myself to be educated on this multifaceted culture. That all changed when I took my first French course last semester (Fall 2017). In this course I fell in love with this complex language, and I knew I wanted to emerge myself completely. The only way I knew how to accomplish this goal would be to study abroad an entire semester in France. I not only wanted to continue my French studies, but I wanted to learn more about the social, political, and economic culture of France.

Through this experience, I hope to become more knowledgeable and aware of cultural differences on an international level. To experience it first-hand. I hope to analyze the French culture with an open-mind and heart. To not compare on what is good and bad about the French system, but how its complex differences make it so beautiful.

I have always wanted to study abroad, and I cannot wait to share my journey with you.

  1. This is great, Rachel! We are so proud of you and this is a wonderful way to keep up & be in touch with you. You are destined for success! Love you, Aunt Sheila

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