Sneak Peek at Up-coming Posts

Bonjour mes amis,

I’m sorry I didn’t have a post for you hier. I went to a crazy French flechettes soirée Thursday night and I didn’t get home until real late which means that my old lady butt was not waking up at 5am as usual on Friday morning. But just in case you were wondering, if we ever cross paths at Sherlocks Pub in Addison, TX, I am a mean dart player so be prepared to bring your best game  :)

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Besides honing my French and dart skills, I am also working on 2 new posts to be featured real soon. Here’s a sneak peek:

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10 ways studying abroad prepares you for real life

Studying abroad is not just a one-time thing you did in college. It’s an experience that will impact your entire life- personal and professional. We’ll discuss what those things are and how they’ll make their impact. Stay tuned to find out.


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Selling Reality: Why do people like to buy the idea of dreams?

As a culture, Americans love to buy the idea of dreams. But should study abroad ever be marketed the same way as Hollywood movies? I don’t think so. There is a difference between reality and fantasy and we’ll delve into our fascination with fantasy and how there is a growing trend for to buy reality, especially with the study abroad experience. Check back to find out more in this post.

What’s trending on Twenty in Paris?

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These are the most unique and diverse search teams that I have ever seen. Let’s give a woohoo to the introverts who want to study abroad!

Don’t forget! The Twenty in Paris  “How to pack for studying abroad” video series is going to début very soon. I’ll also be having some familiar faces come back with guest posts. So lots is going on and if you didn’t check them out already, here’s 2 guests posts I did recently on The Study Abroad Guru and For the GoAbroad site (image below) the post is the column on the right with the red building titled “How to Study Abroad in Paris.”
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Bon weekend – Andrea
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Vote and Discover

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For a limited time, is hosting their annual Top 100 Language Lovers voting for learning blogs, professional blogs, facebook pages, twitterers, and youtube channels. So you can head over here: until June 9th for voting.

But this annual contest is not only an opportunity to support any language sites you know that made the cut, but a way to discover more sites that you haven’t previously heard of! There are some amazing writers out there, not only for foreign languages but also in regards to grammar, language evolution, etc. And as there are both individual professional blogs and dictionary blogs that host professional writers, these connections are definitely worth your time.


I myself follow both foreign language blogs, like the incomparable Benny’s Fluent in 3 Months, and English language blogs like Stan Carey’s Sentence First. And there are quite a few great professional twitterers that I love keeping up with as well. But even though my French is progressing nicely, the learning never ends, and so I plan on checking out more sites that address my needs. And this is, of course, a great motivational tool if you have a desire to start a language blog yourself and could one day make the list.
Don’t wait until it’s too late- check it out and vote now!



Chelsea Fairless

Chelsea is a home-bred Texan currently living in Geneva, Switzerland and studying French at the University of Geneva, while living and working with a family as a part-time nanny. She has been living in the Geneva area since August 2012. You can follow more of her story on her blog and other social media sites.

My Paris apartment for study abroad

The idea of living in Paris might be glam but the reality of living there isn’t always as dreamy as expected. Here’s what the studio apartment I lived in looked like. It was a dark, medieval looking shoebox with a water heater right over the tub for me to bang my head on and a 2 burner stove with only 1 working burner but it did the job. The most important thing to realize is that it is only temporary arrangements and that you should only be sleeping / studying here. You’re in Paris! Don’t spend your time in your cramped room / apartment. Go out and explore! (All photos by Andrea)


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Behind the scenes look at Study Abroad Packing Video



Not too long ago, Morgan asked for a study abroad packing video. You may have spent your Memorial Day honoring our fallen soldiers and eating a hamburger (I did those things too) but in between, I filmed the first part of a 4 part video series on packing your suitcase for studying abroad. The image above is a production shot of me editing – that’s me showing you what NOT to do when packing your suitcase. This should be up on this site and youtube by the end of the week. Here’s a sneak peek of things to come:

Part I: What to pack in your carry-on

Part II: What to pack in your checked bag

Part III: What to pack beauty /skin care product

Part IV: How to pack these items to maximize space in your suitcase

Do you have a study abroad question that you would like addressed in a video? Tweet it to me @twentyinparis with hashtag #tipvid (that stands for Twenty in Paris video).