Advice for future NYU Paris students
It is hard to believe that I will be leaving Paris in just one week. I feel like the months have flown by so quickly! So for all the students planning on studying in Paris, enjoy every moment of it. I am sure you will fall in love with this city like I have.
Here is some advice and a few tips that I have learned from my time here:
1) Speaking the language is actually pretty important. Seriously, your experience of Paris will be limited without understanding French. If you have not taken French before, consider signing up for an online course. It is really helpful to at least understand a little bit, and your language skills will only get better when you force yourself to use it.
2) Plan your trips early! Prices get so expensive as you get closer to your travel date, so do not do what I did and procrastinate when booking trips, just do it! Also, I have learned that I enjoy my trips the most when I do my research ahead of time. Some people like to see where the trip takes them, which is a great way for those with an adventurous spirit, but if you want to hit the major sights, make a to-do list before going.
3) Go to the museums. Paris is famous for its incredible museums, and as a student, you get in for free, so take advantage of this incredible opportunity! Even, if you do not consider yourself a museum person, you might find that you have just been doing it wrong, like I had
4) The coffee here is really bad. I am sorry all of you coffee lovers, but it's the truth. If you are looking for a really good cup of coffee, cappuccino or [gasp] chai tea latte, consider going to Loustic
or La Caféothèque
. I loved these cafés because it felt like I was back in New York. But be warned, they are kind of expensive, so maybe this will help you kick your excessive caffeine habit.
A rare sight in Paris, real coffee
5) Do not forget your s'il vous plaît
's and merci'
s! Being polite will get you so far in Paris. The stereotype of the French being rude is not really true, as long as you are courteous and try to speak French. Also, always say bonjour
when you enter a place of business, as well as au revoir
when you leave. It is really the simple things that can make all the difference, just make a habit of them!
6) You are going to gain weight. Just accept it and move on.
A balanced diet of cheese, bread and wine.
7) Enjoy every minute because you are living in one of the best cities in the world!
Photo Credit: My own