Meg McNeal - Paris, France
I have never travelled outside the USA, let alone by myself. Travelling to Paris was much more than I ever expected. At CMU I am an Apparel Merchandising major and Event Management minor. Being able to study abroad at the Paris Fashion Institute, in the month of June, (one of the prettiest months in France) I learned so much about the fashion industry. I have never taken any prior French, other than what I taught myself out of the traveler's translation guides, so I was very nervous about the language barrier and being behind fellow students in my class. Thankfully all the classes were taught in English and I wasn't the only one that only learned basic French by ordering food and asking directions around the city.
Classes at Paris Fashion Institute were taught by renowned professionals in the fashion industry, thanks to them we were given such wonderful opportunities, especially the last week we were in Paris. The last week was Men's Fashion Week and, as students, about 30 of us were given the opportunities to not only attend but also dress and work backstage with about five to eight of the fashion shows. Not only because I am a fashion student here at CMU but also an event management minor, all of this was right up my alley.
I loved every minute of my experience in Paris. I met so many great people, friends for a lifetime and learned so much about not only the fashion industry and different cultures, but also myself. Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I've ever had and travelling to Paris was definitely the right decision for me, I cannot wait to go back.