Tag Archives: Brooke Norwood Vanzie

I Got Caught in a Paris Contest

The Yellow Jacket protestors celebrated an anniversary with a protest. The protest got a little out of hand and a little violent. As a result, tear gas got involved and became quite the experience.  Continue reading

“Homesickness is Too Real”

Homesickness can sometimes bring out the worst of you, but life will always have the best of you. My journey in Paris has caused me to be homesick on-and-off through the first 2 1/5 months. Who knows what the future holds.

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Connections Reward Opportunities

A lot of opportunities are simply awarded by just asking. Don’t be afraid to go after something you want. “Closed mouths don’t get fed”.

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Why Am I Wasting Time? [Vlog]

I like to keep myself busy but I find lying in bed dreading leaving my pillow. As the minutes go by, I lay on my pillow with regret of not getting up and exploring the city…and the cycle repeats itself.

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Group Projects: Will We Ever Communicate? [Vlog]

Group Projects have been one on the most challenging and frustrating things here in Paris. I have been trying to adjust to the customs of the students and observe their behavior to get an understanding, but everyone is so different and in their own world at times. My university in particular does a lot of group assignments where as at Marymount University we have a lot of essays and a few group assignments. My key to success and getting through this semester is patience.

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I’ve Been Vegetarian for 3 Weeks!

So, I have not been vegetarian completely. I have indulged in some chicken, beef and fish a handful of times. Changing diets so quickly was a lot more simple than I thought it would be. Although I have rejected many food combinations I have been very open to the way my host family eats.

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Lost in Frenchlation [Vlog]

Being lost in the French language has really pushed me to break down my own barriers. My fears that I will be looked at as an ignorant American that only thinks the world revolves around the United States and English. I actuality, I took 3 years of Spanish in high school, but for some of us we barely remember anything. I’ve been holding myself back from learn for many reasons…now I don’t have a reason. Yes, people will look at you funny or joke but at the end you’ll be proving them wrong. I won’t be saying “désole je ne parle pas français” much longer.

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Your Experience Is Not a Stereotype [Vlog]

Your Experience is not a Stereotype is about not allowing your perception or some else’s perception on the world around you change how you experience a world outside your comfort zone. This concept can be applied to numerous scenarios. It is okay to be frightened it is normal, but keep an open mind.

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