Brenda with SMU-in-Paris

Brenda is a junior majoring in journalism and French who is studying with SMU-in-Paris this fall.

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Goodbye Doesn’t Have to Mean Forever

Brenda-1eiffel1.jpgWith two finals down and one left to go, enjoying my last few days in Paris has been rather difficult, but I am trying to soak up everything I can about this wonderful city before heading back to the States.

Brenda%20-16emaciated.jpgThese last few days have been filled with countless hours of studying, but also enjoying all of the little things that make me call Paris my own. Everything is in the final stages.

On Saturday, I went out with friends to the Champs-Elysees, and it is probably the last time that I will ever see the beautiful avenue lined with Christmas lights before heading home. On Monday, Brooke and I went to our favorite bar to meet up with our French friends. We have become the Monday night crew, and it was sad and almost surreal to realize that we will never see them again.

I have gone to my favorite sandwich shop, visited my favorite shopping areas, and walked all around the city. Everyday reminds me of why I love Paris so much, and it is because I always find myself discovering something new or something I had never seen before. Each part of Paris has its own personality, with little shops and cafes waiting to be discovered.

Brenda-1girlstower.jpgFour months pass by incredibly quickly. I remember thinking in May that September seemed so far away, and it would surely never come. But it came, and almost four months later, I am thinking of how quickly the time has passed. Where have my four months gone? But looking back, I know. There are four months of countless memories with new friends, visits to some of the most beautiful cities in the world, and experiencing what it truly to means to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Brenda-1rugbyeiffel.jpgLooking back, Paris will be a memory that will forever be carried with me wherever I go. Paris is certainly the city of lights, and in my mind, the lights will never fade or dim. After calling Paris my home for four months, the adventure is coming to a close and I could not have asked for anything more.

Change can be difficult, but living in a foreign city is the amazing kind of change … the kind of change that will affect your life forever.

“But here’s the truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Oh, sometimes, change is … everything.”

And it certainly has been.

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