Showing posts from September, 2014

The Story of Esther: Inspiration For Today

It's a small little button. All I have to do it click it once: commitment, done, out of my hands.

But I'm scared to click the button. What if I did something wrong? What if it's not enough? What if I don't get it? What then?

Those are the thoughts that are running through my mind as my cursor hovers over the submit application button on the Fulbright scholarship website. Remember how I told you that I plan to pursue a master's degree at the University of Leeds? Well, it's an expensive program. So I am apply for this scholarship which would cover most of the cost of my year in Leeds. It's a very competitive national scholarship. The process has been daunting. And those questions are very real for me.

Over the past few days, I have been reading the book of Esther. Esther is one of my Biblical heroes. She was just an ordinary girl - probably quite young, too. She is taken from her family and forced into a life that is far different from the one she was prepar…

A Semester Update + Our American Cookout

School has started. Yep, we're back at it again. Surprisingly, I'm actually ok with that. School starting back mean that new students have moved into Poitiers. I am really enjoying getting to know everyone. This semester we have a great group of students from 19 different countries, which is just fabulous!
I've only started a few classes so far: one language, one culture, and one business class. The culture class I love! It's fun to learn about Europe. I'm also enjoying my French class so far; I feel like I'm actually learning something this semester. I'm not a huge fan of my business class, but that is mostly because I don't understand the subject matter. I am looking forward to a lot of the classes I'll be taking this semester though. We're covering some interesting topics.
Now, that is the boring update stuff. What have I been up to lately? Well, other than trip planning and many visits to coffee shops with friends, I just hosted an American …

100 Days Left

Today marks one hundred days left in my study abroad adventure.

It's hard to believe that the year is more than two thirds of the way done. I am so very ready to see my family and friends. I miss them like crazy. And there are quite a few things about being home that I'm ready for, too.

But I'm also sad when I think that I'm nearing the end of my year in France. Was it really just eleven months ago that I got the news that I was going to be living and studying abroad for a year? So much has happened in that time.

I fully plan to enjoy and make the most of these last 100 days, though! In honor of this special day, I'd like to share the top ten (only ten - I don't want to completely bore you) things I'm looking forward to about the rest of my year!

1) American Cookout - This Sunday, I'm hosting another American cookout with the help of some friends! We're introducing our new friends to s'mores!

2) London - I met my friend Lorelei when she came to …

Italian Adventure: Rome & My Twenty-First Birthday

Rome. It's a city that has been around for over two thousand years. It has seen the rise and fall of one of of the world's greatest empires. It was at one time the center of the commercial and cultural world.
And it's a place I've always dreamed of visiting. I love the idea of ancient Rome. I that it is a city I read about in the Bible. One of my favorite series of novels is set in the city.

So after Florence, I made my way to Rome. That Sunday was a lazy day. After a late breakfast at a Florentine cafe, I hung out in the train station until around noon. Then it was an hour and a half trip to The Eternal City. Upon arrival, I checked into my hostel and got acquainted with my New Zealand dorm mates. Later that evening, my friend, Michael arrived from the airport and we went out to grab a quick bit for dinner. We ate a delicious lasagna! Perfectly Italian. Then we caught up and traded stories about our respective travels.

The next day was my birthday!

First on the agend…