Outside my window I can see Rue de Sevres, which is a busy street in the heart of Paris. There are lots of beautiful shops, including the Bon Marché, which is a very famous department store. Just above the Bon Marché, I can make out the top of the eiffel tower. In the day time you wouldn't even know it was there, but at night it glows, reminding me of where I am.
The second day of orientation went well, we got alot of information about the programs. Of particular interest to me was one I had not heard about called the Global Communications and Civil Society Program. After much debate and speaking with the professors, I have decided to switch. This is a big decision, because it would mean more international relations courses, less visual culture courses, and an extra semester of studying. I know that this is exactly where I need to be. It is so in line with my experience working for the State of Illinois, my sociology degree, and in general the direction I want to head in life. For example, the program requires us to take a four week trip to Pondicherry, India. We will each be assigned to work for one of the many NGOs headquartered there. We will work on a project for them as a communications consultant! Can you believe this course is required?!
Also, this semester, I get to take two module courses, which each last three days. The first one is about HIV/Aids prevention programming in Africa, the second one is about the practicalities of running your own NGO. The final project is a program proposal of our own topic and how we would execute our NGO. (!!!!!!!) This may be more exciting to me than getting to walk past the eiffel tower every day. Maybe I am becoming a Parisenne faster than I expected.