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New Goal in Life

Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | Views [304]

Friday, we finished up survival Japanese by learning just how convenient Japanese convenience stores are. We got a page front and back listing things you may or may not be able to do in a konbini. Included on the list was things like buy shinkansen ... Read more >

Tags: karaoke, life goals, textbooks, vending machines


Giving Up

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | Views [262]

There are a lot of reasons that I stopped keeping the blog up to date after Austria. The most general summary of all of them is that I didn't have the energy to write. I can say that it was similar to the last four weeks of SUMSRI. Studying for ... Read more >

Tags: endings, writing


Life Moves On

Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | Views [342]

Life moves on, but never back. There were two or three weeks that I meant to write about, but have now lost. Much of the same (classes, tests, how does French education function?) But also an entry of more touristy things. I finally made it into the ... Read more >

Tags: math, november 13, paris


Apart from the Obvious

Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | Views [652]

“Apart from the obvious, things are good” is a phrase I have said way too many times since Friday. Every time I have, it's been followed by a bitter, but sometimes entirely mental, laugh. Because how can you ignore the obvious? And yet I've ... Read more >

Tags: chalk, courage, love, paris, strength, terrorism


Pseudo-live blog

Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 | Views [334]

For anyone who wants an actual live blog about what's happening, go  here . This is out of order of the chronology of where I'm pretending my life is when I'm writing entries, but this is what's happening right now, and it feels like now is the ... Read more >

Tags: guardian, paris, safe, shootings, terrorism


I'm Getting Better at This!

Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | Views [225]

In Integration, we learned a few more theorems about integrals and sequences of functions (such as Borel-Canelli Lemma and Fatou’s lemma) and defined negligible sets (having a measure of zero) and properties that are true almost everywhere (true ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, french, history, math, russian, topology


Is it the middle of the semester already? Because that would explain the midterms.

Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | Views [230]

Intégration was dedicated to proving the Monotone Convergence Theorem. The previous week, he’d given us a statement of the theorem, but said we didn’t have the time to prove it just then. But, with the entirety of a two hour class ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, exams, french, history, math, russian, topology


Fete de la Science

Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | Views [166]

Sunday I went to the Fete de la Science at Paris 6. Contrary to the name, this was nothing approaching a celebration. Rather, it was a bunch of grad students presenting their research, or at least their topic, typically in a child-friendly way. By going ... Read more >

Tags: astronomy, engineering, mirrors, physics, science


Tests and Reviews

Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | Views [219]

In Integration, we started looking at integrals. On the first day of class, the CM professor had explained that the point of the class was not to teach us to integrate better. Which is good, because if that had been the point, spending five weeks without ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, classes, french, history, math, russian, topology


How many Americans studying math in Paris does it take to change a lightbulb?

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | Views [158]

Friday before leaving for Dordogne, the lightbulb in the lamp nearest to the sofa (which happens to be my second-most used source of light. The most used is, of course, the sun.) went out. My bedside table lamp was too dim, and the kitchen light was ... Read more >

Tags: bookstores, cooking, lightbulbs


I'm still taking classes.

Saturday, 10 Oct 2015 | Views [280]

If anyone has been quietly thinking to themselves “why is she always talking about classes? I didn’t know she actually intended to study abroad,” worry no longer. As of this week, description of what’s going on in my classes ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, french, math, russian, school, topology


Lose your mind at le Ballet d'Or

Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | Views [316]

On Thursday, I had a ticket to Opera Garnier for the dance spectacle Boris Chamatz. It was one of the cultural activities for the program, and I hadn't really paid any more attention to it than that. Which, I realised at about the point I was standing ... Read more >

Tags: ballet, culture, dance, opera garnier


Tuesday at the Theatre

Sunday, 4 Oct 2015 | Views [261] | Comments [1]

On Tuesday, we went as a group to go see Le Faiseur at the Theatre des Abbesses. Le Faiseur is a play by Honore de Balzac. Balzac, it should be noted, is not remembered for his plays. But regardless, he did write at least one play, (he actually ... Read more >

Tags: abbesses, balzac, props, theater


Cows and farms: what every Midwestern girl spending a semester in Paris wants to see

Friday, 2 Oct 2015 | Views [300]

In a shocking move, Sunday began with us getting into the bus and driving for at least an hour. This brought us to Périguex, a small town with a beautiful cathedral. While we were there, the town was also in the middle of Pé... Read more >

Tags: animals, bus, popcorn, train, transportation


Canoeing down the river

Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | Views [361]

On Saturday, we woke up and grabbed breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the market. Not because we slept until 10:30 at which point breakfast could reasonably run into lunch, but because we had another full day ahead of us, which meant another bring-... Read more >

Tags: canoe, dancing, market, picnic


Train, bus, caves, and geese

Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | Views [380]

Friday we had to show up at the train station at 7:30 with clothes for the weekend and food for lunch packed. In addition to everyone in the Paris program, we were joined by the four Brown students studying in Lyon. We got on the train a little before ... Read more >

Tags: bus, cave painting, food, sarlat, tour, train, transportation


I never could get the hang of Thursdays

Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | Views [259]

Because I switched my French class, I no longer have a five hour break on Thursdays. Instead, I have a class from 10:45-12:45, and then I'm done. That class was topology. He didn't get around to defining homeomorphism, which means that the material ... Read more >

Tags: books, math, topology


A Night at the Opera

Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 | Views [246]

My first scheduled activity on Tuesday was a harp lesson. Taking advantage of having a harp in my apartment, I was able to run through the piece one final time the morning of my lesson. So I could determine that I'd neither forgotten the piece nor gotten ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, music, opera


One of these Mondays I'll do something fun

Friday, 25 Sep 2015 | Views [181] | Comments [1]

Monday being the one weekday that I don’t have any classes, it tends to be when I schedule or plan on getting around to doing all of my boring things. Other times, it ends up being when other people ask me to do things. Those both turned out to ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, banks, registration, rent


Chez François Hollande

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | Views [459] | Comments [1]

Saturday and Sunday were the journées du patrimoine. "Journées du patrimoine" being French for "for two days, and two days only, we open a lot of buildings to the public for free."* Saturday plans being what they were, I didn't have the ... Read more >

Tags: beautiful houses, palais elysee, president


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