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It's Official! Grandson to Study in Paris

Our oldest grandson received his student Visa in the mail today. It was the last piece needed for him to spend his first year in college studying in France.

When he was in middle school, he spent six weeks as an exchange student, living with a family near Versailles. His family has also hosted two French students who came to study at his high school.

Will loves French and is fluent. He spoke French with the students they hosted and has continued to correspond with them. One recently joined the French Foreign Legion! He also is a big history buff. He will be studying through an American Studies Abroad program and his classes will be a Catholic University. My wife, who is a college professor, vetted the program. It gets high marks and his credits will be accepted at American colleges when he continues his studies.

He will be living in the heart of Paris with 3 other students. They will be in an apartment in a building that has families, it won't be students only housing.

Obtaining a French student Visa has been an adventure. You have to provide a transcript from your latest school, an acceptance letter to the Studies Abroad program for the year, an address in France and in the US, proof of transportation both to and from France and a notarized document showing you have enough funds to cover normal living expenses.

Tuition and housing costs are in line with medium priced out of state colleges. He has worked long and hard to earn this opportunity, including working all summer to earn living expenses. He is very excited and realizes what an opportunity this is. He has the maturity to study hard. He leaves mid-September, flying to London for a three day orientation, then on to Paris via Eurostar.

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That’s so fantastic!! What an amazing, life-changing opportunity.
Big Congratulations to Will!!

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Good on Will! He has made his grandfather proud.

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What a wonderful opportunity! Congratulations to him.
Your post brought tears to my eyes.
I hope that you can visit him there ...

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What wonderful news for a young person who has worked hard and will likely make a great success of his chosen field. And, to live in Paris, what a dream! I know you are proud and, rightly so!

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There is NOTHING like living overseas especially as a student. Your grandson had that opportunity already as he lived abroad as a middle schooler! He already has a love of travel that will stay with him forever. Wonderful news indeed about his studies in Paris.

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How awesome and inspiring! Congratulations to all of you.
So terrific that his hard work and careful plans paid off.
Oh, to be that age again knowing what I know now.

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That is wonderful and I hope his grandparents will have the chance to visit after he spends some time there and has his favorite places to show you around.

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Congratulations! He seems to have quite a bit more maturity than your average college freshman.

I hope you will have an opportunity to go visit him while he is there.

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Félicitations, to grandson and proud grandpa.

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Oh what fun! So very happy this has worked out for him. I'm sure grandpa has already started planning some visits!

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Congratulations. He clearly already has a world of experience, and this will only deepen his expertise and skills!! That's fascinating that he's going abroad for his freshman year, I have never heard of that!!! What a fantastic thing for a young (American) person in this day and age to be fluent in another language -- good for him, and for your family for supporting him.

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Thanks all for the congrats. Someone asked him yesterday when he was leaving. He replied: “In 43 days!” I take his response as an indication of his excitement.

He is outgoing and gregarious by nature. Our experience in Paris last Fall assures me there will be plenty of kind people ready and willing to assist him on his journey.

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hey doug
congrats to you, gramma and grandson. how fabulous, so great to see working and studying hard pays off in the end. he will have a fantastic time. are you looking for flights to paris next year?
know how you feel, my great niece was accepted to a studies abroad program to a university outside london from northern kentucky university. mom, aunty, gramma, dad, and brother so excited. she leaves mid-september also, they may see each other in london lol her first trip to europe.
congratulations to the students and enjoy
aloha

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That is terrific. It should be a great experience for him. Both our sons studied abroad - one in Spain and the other in Germany. As a former university prof., I really believe that all students would benefit from some international exposure. Now if he had been attending Iowa State U he could have applied for the scholarship we endowed a few years ago. We now support two to four students a year depending on the program. I wish it would be a dozen or more.

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Frank, that's absolutely terrific!! Wow. What a way to give to the future.

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Congratulations to your grandson!
What a terrific opportunity!

My daughter studied abroad (junior year of college) and she wished she’d have planned to study for a year instead of just a semester. She loved living in a foreign city and becoming a “local” for 5 months. She met wonderful friends and still keeps in touch with them. This type of experience is truly life changing.

Wishing your grandson the best as he embarks on this amazing experience!

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My daughter spent her Junior Year Abroad in Paris. After graduation, she returned to France where she taught English in a French school, and then on to Britain. She live abroad for over 7 years...so be prepared. LOL He'll have a blast and broaden his mind. Her souvenir was a British husband. :-)

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Her souvenir was a British husband. :-)

It could be worse. She could have found a Scot on the side of the road!

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There are lots of stories like Priscilla's. Had a MBA graduate assistant who spent a summer in London in a marketing program. Graduated and obtained a position with Chem Bank in Zurich in the days when overseas employment was much easier. That was nearly 50 years ago. He is now in London and we visit him when ever we pass through. Our younger son is with ING, a Dutch bank. Has had several employee swaps with the the NY and Amsterdam offices lasting a few weeks but cannot get anything more than than that.

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Wonderful experience for your Grandson, DougMac. I know he must have worked very hard for this stellar achievement and he should be very proud of himself!

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I think your grandson's enthusiasm is an hereditary trait. He takes after his Grandpa. Your post made my day. Congratulations!

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I think your grandson's enthusiasm is an hereditary trait. He takes after his Grandpa. Your post made my day. Congratulations!

Thanks! I need to give a tip of the hat to Mrs. Alice Molleson, my wife's high school science teacher and the mother of my best friend in elementary and high school. In 1966, she took 8 students on a People to People tour of Europe.

As important as the actual trip, Mrs. Molleson taught us lessons that formed the core of our travel philosophy. Even though we were on a tour, we were required to thoroughly research our itinerary. This meant trips to the library to study the different regions, including the local culture. We looked at art books to become familiar with the art and architecture we encountered. She also embraced multiculturalism, teaching us that difference is a good thing.

We have expanded beyond Europe. Will has been to Honduras. My wife has also been to Honduras several times, as well as Tanzania. I've been to Nicaragua. Our travels have led to an appreciation of what we have as well as an understanding there are different ways to live a happy and fulfilled life.

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Congratulations to Will !

This made me smile !

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Congratulations to Will !

This made me smile !

Thanks! Since I mentioned Mrs. Molleson and the high school trip, I'll point out that yesterday (Wednesday) was our 48th wedding anniversary and tomorrow (Friday) is the 52nd anniversary of our first kiss that we shared in Florence. I have on my desk a photo I took 3 or 4 days later of a 14 year old Deb standing in front of the Eiffel Tower!

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Congratulations on your 48th wedding anniversary!
I enjoyed reading about your love story and how it all began in Europe!
Thanks for sharing😊

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Bravo!

Fantastic that his efforts at acquiring the French language is paying off. His linguistic skills will only sharpen by studying over there, ie immersion, to the point he has equal facility in English and French.

Also big on history...lucky guy to be able to see the sites, Fontainebleau, Malmaison, Meaux, St Quentin, Cambrai, Arras, Mars-la-Tour, Sedan, Brienne au Chateau, Valmy, Rocroi (the painting is displayed in the chateau Versailles) and a ton of other places.