Symron Mehan '20
Ask me about studying abroad as an international student!
Because I went abroad…
I learned to embrace discomfort. From being the only foreign student in a classroom of French students to giving presentations, entirely in French, to a room full of French students to living alone in a new country, I gained a new sense of confidence and freedom through studying abroad that will serve me well through any challenges I face in life. I was able to embrace a different, slower-paced, lifestyle, that allowed me to appreciate each small moment, form new friendships with people from all over the world, and constantly try completely new experiences. Living in Paris was something I had always dreamed of doing but didn’t think I’d actually get to experience for real. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to fulfill a desire I’d had for so long. It was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more.
Ask me about….
- Choosing a study abroad program
- The CUPA program and all it has to offer
- Language immersion and taking classes in a foreign language
- Overcoming “FOMO” abroad
- Applying for internships while abroad
- Living independently
- Getting the most out of your host city
Adjusting to daily life and interacting with locals abroad
Study Abroad Highlights…
- During my time abroad, I was able to explore interests outside of my concentration at Harvard. In my art history classes, research included visits to museums all over Paris. Having the opportunity to learn about a piece of art in the classroom and then see it in person displayed at a museum in Paris the following week was an incredibly unique and special experience.
- I loved taking classes in French with local French students because it allowed me to make friends, improve my language skills, and truly immerse myself in the culture.
- Adapting to the French school system was a challenge at first, but it gave me a new perspective on my approach to my studies and schoolwork that I will bring back to Harvard.
- Paris’s location made travel around Europe easy and affordable. As an international student, I was able to visit my family in the United Kingdom much more frequently than I get to while at Harvard.
- The CUPA program included dozens of optional activities outside the classroom. From watching the opera at the breathtaking Palais Garnier to games of pétanque, I got to have fun with my friends from my program while taking part in activities I’d never had the opportunity to try before!