Published: February 6, 2018
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By: Kira Hall, SDSU Fowler College of Business
2 months ago, I was studying abroad in Marseille, France. During my time abroad, I had the chance to visit 4 different countries, and about 15 diverse cities. Studying abroad in Marseille broadened the way I feel about the European culture. Also, I was lucky to use my basic knowledge in French, and further extend that knowledge to conversational French.
I also went through different struggles with my landlord, the electric company, customer service agents, but it all taught me to become more responsible for my actions.
For example, I tried booking a trip online and the system malfunctioned. So, I had to call and speak to a native French speaker on the phone to fix the train tickets. Somehow, by the end of the conversation, she understood my broken French and got me the correct tickets. However, it took approximately an hour of pure stress to communicate the message. This problem taught me an important lesson about making sure I triple check all of my work that I do.
In addition, studying in France also taught me how to understand a completely different education system. It took me a couple of months to get acclimated to their grading standard, since the French grades solely depend on a project and a final. Whereas, in the U.S., my grades are dependent on midterms, projects and a final, so I had buffer room to make mistakes. As a result, now I learned how to quickly, heavily study for a test.