Why Study Abroad?

Annushka Shivnani

IES Paris, France 
International Relations 

Describe your typical day:
I would wake up each morning and have breakfast with my host family. Then I took the metro to our program center for class. All of my classes were in French, including the two intro IR electives I took. Class ended around noon or two. In the afternoons, I’d go to a museum or really nice park, or walk around. There are so many beautiful parks in Paris. Sometimes the program planned trips for us on weekends. In the evening, I’d eat dinner with my host family. On weekends I traveled a lot.  

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
The food was amazing, I loved everything. My homestay mom would make chocolate crepes and typical French desserts, which were delicious.  


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The study abroad mission of the Office of Off-Campus Study at Claremont McKenna College is to connect students to off-campus academic and cultural immersion experiences that support their personal, professional, and intellectual development in a globalized world. Our goal is to assist students in developing intercultural communication, cultural awareness, scholarship, and leadership skills in order to enhance their ability to navigate and succeed in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.

“Go abroad with an open mind. Inevitably, not everything goes according to plan. Some of the most fun experiences that allowed me to grow as an individual occurred when I least expected it. Learning to be flexible helped me rise above some challenging moments when I had to take a step back and begin to appreciate the initially frustrating aspects of my host country. Lastly, finding a balance between school and free-time is a must, as overemphasizing one or the other can leave you feeling less-than-fulfilled.”
Kayla Nonn ’15, Trinity College in Rome

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