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Help Twenty in Paris Become the Best Paris Study Abroad Website

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Over the past few months, I have received some great feedback from many of you regarding the Twenty in Paris website. I haven’t forgotten about your recommendations, in fact, I really want to tailor this site to your expectations and needs. Your tips have really been a great start but to really make Twenty in Paris the best Paris study abroad site, I need to find out some more information from you. This is your chance to have hands-on input to really make this website what you want it to be so that it can best help you prepare for the amazing journey that is living and studying in Paris at the age of 20. So how can your opinion be heard? Fill out the 10 question survey below. You can complete the survey anonymously but readers who sign up for the Twenty in Paris newsletter on the survey (it’s the “Subscribe” box in the right hand side) will be entered in to win a chance for a free copy of Twenty in Paris: A Young American Perspective of Studying Abroad in Paris + the 2 decorative Paris papers below- a great way to dress up your dorm room for FREE!

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***Decorative Papers are 27.5″ (Width) x 19.5″ (Height) – perfect for framing, using as a desk liner, a window shade decoration or even a lamp shade pattern.



Merci bcp!


French tips & Study Abroad Questions

(this image is completely silly- no real connection to this post; www.wiziq.com)

Did you know that Twenty in Paris is on tumblr? This page was created during The Paris Diaries book promotion. You can find it here http://theofficialparisdiaries.tumblr.com.

Anyhoo, I’ve been posting study abroad questions that students ask themselves followed by some quick tips and French culture/language fun facts. Here’s some examples of what you’ll find on tumblr. These are updated everyday.

(this is a French tip)




(this is a study abroad question and tip)



Do you find these helpful? Do you have a study abroad question that you would like covered or a French culture/language tip? Tweet it to me @twentyinparis for a chance to have it featured.  Did you get your copy of Twenty in Paris yet on sale now? Hurry! These prices won’t last long!


How to dress the part when studying abroad

(all photos courtesy of Andrea; Mireille is Andrea’s mannequin)

*** Top photo is a no- no; If you wear a large and in charge hat like this in Europe to go to the grocery store or class, you’ll just get curious looks instead of compliments***

Spending time abroad, you’ll find yourself going through a style evolution. You’ll start to incorporate some elements of the host country into your wardrobe. If you study abroad in Europe, you’ll see that scarves and hats are a popular clothing accessory for both men and women. It’s easy to see why they are. They can be functional (i.e. keep you warm when it’s cold) as well as fashionable (i.e. be perfect accessory to your outfit). But most importantly, dressing like the locals will help you to immerse into the study abroad experience by embracing the culture. Clothes are not merely a means to keep warm and protect the body; they also express the values, beliefs, and culture of a group of people (and that is not limited to nationality). Our physical presentation can tell people what kind of music we like, what religion we belong to, as well as what country we come from. A great way to immerse yourself into the culture before you leave to go study abroad is to start dressing like the people in the host country.

In this post, we’ll cover Europe as it is where I studied abroad as well as is a popular destination for many American students. Mireille le mannequin models for us some perfect examples of how to dress like a European.

How to dress like a European (slideshow)

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Andrea illustrates how not to dress like a European

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So what are you waiting for? Open the door to study abroad success by starting to dress like the locals.


Long Distance Romance- An Unnecessary Anchor For Studying Abroad

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***Disclaimer: This is an editorial piece. The views expressed in this article are solely mine and do not reflect the opinions of guest bloggers or interviewees. My advice may not work for your individual situation. Please read with caution.

You’ve just got accepted into a study abroad program that is going to jump start your career and help you finish core major course requirements- woohoo! But then you remember that you have that special someone to whom you need to break the news that you are going to be in another country for 5 months or more (if going abroad for an academic year). Your first reaction will be to maintain the relationship à la long distance; weekly skyping on a pre-arranged date and time; sending texts and emails throughout the week; running out of class or leaving that social event early because you get that surprise phone call from your sweetie. These are just some of the more common ways that you will try to maintain a long distance romantic relationship with someone in a different time zone. I know this because I did it myself. When I made the decision to study abroad, I had been dating my ex, Peter, for a few years. I, too, had made the decision to embark on a long distance relationship. Looking back, I lost out on so many experiences abroad and also had more severe homesickness because I had a strong emotional anchor (aka Peter) that held me back. If you are going to study abroad for a semester or more, dump him (or her) before going abroad for the following reasons:

1) It’s not going to last: I know that sounds mean but it’s most likely true. The chances of you marrying or becoming the life partner of your 20 year old college sweetie are slim to none. This is completely normal. Over the course of the next few years you will grow and change the qualities that you seek in a mate as you become independent and start to carve out your life. Five to ten months is a long time to not see anyone and when the only thing holding you together is love (or lust) that’s not much to keep a relationship going.

2) Infidelity can be an issue (on either side): When you are away from that special someone for a long time, you will start to miss them and they, you. The missing of that special someone can become a longing for intimacy which may be fulfilled with another person aka cheating. The transition to studying abroad is hard enough without trying to maintain a long distance romance. I found in my study abroad experience that having a boyfriend back home emotionally restricted my involvement in the experience. This romantic connection kept me tied to the phone and email as well as to him instead of freeing up my mind with new experiences and people abroad. I was very committed to maintaining our relationship. When I couldn’t get in contact with Peter and when he expressed physical frustrations, I suspected the worse- and I was right. He was unfaithful; I’m just not sure how long. On your side, you will meet new people in your program and the activities you do (don’t be a hermit like I was- get out and go somewhere!). There is a very good chance that you might charm and be charmed by a native. The natural course of action would be for a relationship of sorts to ensue. If you are still attached, you could find yourself deep in temptation to cheat (and yes it counts).

3) It’s not time or cost effective. Communicating to that special someone back home via text or phone call is not cheap. Even with an international plan upgrade on your American cell phone, there are still additional service fees for every time you use data / send a text while abroad. If you are trying to message your sweetie a few times a day, this can add up quick. But money aside, staying in contact with a love interest in your home country is not time effective. Having to coordinate your schedule with his (and then getting disappointed when he doesn’t make your rendez-vous time) will hinder you from taking on spur of the moment excursions or experiences. And the same is true in reverse. As you spend your time abroad, your sweetie is still in college with his/her buddies. Spontaneous outings and other life events will come up and it’s not fair that either of you should have to miss out just to maintain a relationship that is most likely going to end anyway.

Don’t go abroad with a love anchor. It is not worth hindering this experience for something that is not meant to last. Studying abroad can be tough enough without the added pressure of doubt and frustration from not being able to connect with your sweetie at your scheduled time or have regular disagreements heightened by the gravity of the situation. Open the door to studying abroad by freeing your heart before you go abroad.