Hi everyone! My name is Julia Kelsey, and I'm going to be studying in Montpellier, France for this upcoming year (I know, such a long time!). It's been hard coming to terms with the fact that I'll be away for so long, let alone trying to figure out what to pack. It doesn't even seem real yet, and I don't think it will hit me until I get to the airport next Friday. I've been dreaming of a long-term study abroad ever since high school and it's finally coming true!
I absolutely love French, and have been passionate about it ever since I started taking it in sixth grade. I really want to become fluent, and have a deep desire to learn as much of the language as I can.
I'll be taking classes at the Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, and staying with a host family in Le Crès, a nearby village. If you look at a map, you'll see that Montpellier is right along the southeastern coast of France (yay, beaches and sunshine!).
I'm a State College native, so this is the first time in my life I'll be getting to live far from home. I'm really excited to be immersed in the language and culture that I love, and to go out there and see new places. I see this upcoming year as being a huge growing experience for me, and even though I have no idea what it will be like yet, I know it will be life-changing and amazing. Stay posted for mes aventures!