January 25, 2019 | By David Smith | Back to news

Before I Go Across the Pond…

When I was in high school, I looked myself up on howmanyofme.com and realized with shock that there are over 34,000 David Smiths in the United States. Ever since, I have striven to set myself apart from all the other David Smiths by doing interesting things. Unfortunately, none of the activities I did to separate myself from the crowd were to write or read a blog, so I have very little experience in this sector of the creative arts. Despite this, I still believe that I will be able to craft this blog into something that is entertaining and fun at its best and hopefully not horrible at its worst. Either way, I hope you enjoy!

David Smith

As detailed above, my name is David Smith. I’m a junior studying Risk Management and Insurance, Real Estate, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As you may be able to tell by that wild array of subjects, I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with my life. However, I am very excited for the opportunity to study through the IES Paris – Business and International Affairs program (Paris BIA) during my time abroad. Because my majors aren’t that common around the world, I will be taking classes that fulfill my remaining liberal studies requirements and some of my Environmental Studies certificate. One of my greatest anxieties about studying abroad was being able to get classes that are relevant and useful to my degree. For those of you who are planning to study abroad in the future, I suggest saving a few liberal studies requirements. Paris BIA has an extremely popular selection of art history classes – I signed up for a class on architecture that I’m very excited about!

One of my goals for this blog is to write about how it feels to live in Paris. I want to write about the things that may get overlooked, like building a relationship with the boulanger at my favorite café, the interesting conversations I have with my host mom at breakfast and dinner, and maybe even random interactions I have with strangers on the street. I want to capture the little moments during the day, then take a step back and truly analyze how world changing the abroad experience is and how different my life would be without it.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog! I can’t wait to share my experiences with you.

Au revoir,