Halfway RA Update

Since I left Seattle, it’s been a rollercoaster. But, at this point, things seem to be evening out. In January, I had a flare up and had to really increase my Prednisone dosage in order to get over that. Immediately afterwards I tried tapering off the prednisone, but my system just wasn’t having it. So I’ve been on prednisone since mid-December, and both my doctors here and back in Seattle think that it’s due time to modify my cocktail in order to get off the prednisone. When the rheumatologist here took ultrasounds of my joints, he noticed some inflammation of…

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A Week in the Life of a Study Abroad Student

Before I left Seattle, I hadn’t really had enough information to imagine what would soon become the new normal in Grenoble. I had my routines back home to be sure, but I felt like I just wasn’t able to grasp what my life would be like here. I wanted to write this post in the hopes that by reading it, you might be able to get a better sense of what the routine here will be like, and anticipate how your time might be spent. Keep in mind that these are my experiences, and other students in the program may have…

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Halfway There

It’s here. The halfway point. DUN DUN. I left my home and my husband and my life 88 days ago, and in 88 days I will return, tired, probably a bit smelly because of the 9 hour flight. How can I express how this experience has been so far? At the very least I’ve experienced a myriad of emotions: sadness when I left, excitement and glee at seeing Paris for the first time in my life, homesickness, being overwhelmed by this new world I find myself in. But I’ve had more opportunities to travel in the last 88 days than…

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Hiking La Bastille

On January 15th, after a long day in a stuffy classroom on a beautiful day, our class collectively decided to peace out (it was the teacher’s idea too no less!). The resulting photos are some of the best I’ve taken here, and man was it so much fun. If anyone knows about the Manitou Springs, CO Incline, this looks pretty damn familiar right?? There were two ways (to walk) up, one is to take the stairs from hell, and the other is a much nicer zig zag path.  

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Study Abroad No. 1, January

Wow, already a month gone. It’s really strange to think about how quickly the time has passed, and how much time is left still. I wanted to journal, month by month to keep a more precise memory of my time here in hope that those of you who are in the program in the future, or if you’re thinking about studying abroad, can get a little more in depth look at what the experience is like. I don’t pretend that I’ve done all the right things a study abroad student is supposed to do, but either way, I hope it’s…

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