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The pervasive faith of America

Published May 5, 2013

You can ask any French person what Sundays are for and they will tell you that it is strictly to sleep in. That thought not only would reinforce the stereotype that we are lazy but that would also show how different our culture is compare to the United States. I have been here long enough to say that Americans are way more religious than we are. I have always thought that going to Church on Sunday was a myth in American movies. In France I do not know a single person who goes to Church

Seeing the real side of Detroit

Published April 10, 2013

Two weeks ago I had to exercise my touristic skills in a city I have wanted to visit for a long time Detroit.

Parents abroad: ‘what they don’t know won’t hurt them’

Published April 3, 2013

Imagine yourself as a parent. One day your 17-year-old daughter tells you she wants to go study abroad on the other side of the globe for a whole year.

Where are you really from?

Published March 27, 2013

Asking questions is not always a sign of ignorance but sometimes the best way to show curiosity.

Coming to an end

Published March 20, 2013

Every time I hand my passport to an attendant at the airport before I check my luggage I cant help but look at my Visa expiration date before putting my passport back in my purse.

Michigan Traditions

Published March 13, 2013

When I look up the definition of spring break this is what I find recess in early spring at universities and schools in various countries around the world. Nothing about any craziness or wildness is mentioned there but it sure is happening.

Drink Responsibly

Published February 24, 2013

One of the best parts of being an international student is that you get to represent your country and promote your culture. I know that whatever I may do people will associate it with my culture and make it a stereotype so I try to not be too crazy and I am always down to answer questions.

Taking wealth for granted

Published February 17, 2013

February 18 2013 some of us are still single and it is still snowing. Whats new Well I cant really help you much about the first part but as crazy as it may sounds I believe that snow should make us appreciate life a little more and here is why.As I once again was people watching one of my supervisors approaches and engages me in casual conversation.

Sending Valentine’s love to France

Published February 10, 2013

Earlier last week an old lady one of our loyal recreational center customers interrupted me while I was daydreaming.

How tragedy affects how we look at the world

Published February 3, 2013

Take good care of yourself and most importantly dont you trust anybody whispered my mother to me before I hopped on the plane for Michigan.

Saving the earth one bottle of hand sanitizer at a time

Published January 27, 2013

It now has been 3 weeks since school started back again and in case you havent noticed the GV population had doubled.

Here’s to the future

Published January 13, 2013

Who thought theyd never see the day Yes we survived the end of the world and here we are on to a New Year and therefore another semester full of adventures.

Americans love their holidays

Published November 28, 2012

Although many of us just got done celebrating Thanksgiving I know that a few of us already decorated our Christmas trees because the one thing that I know for sure is that Americans love their holidays. From Halloween to St. Patricks Day the hype is definitely always there.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Published November 11, 2012

Grand Valley State University definitely not the type of university I thought I would one day be attending.

Trading croissants and baguettes for eggs and sausage

Published October 28, 2012

Living well in a different country is all about assimilation. Like any other individual who is unfamiliar to the culture and the area I had to make a few adjustments in order to fit in and make my new life a little bit easier.

There, Their, and Déjà Vu

Published October 14, 2012

A few days ago I was walking with my friend Alexandria in Meijer. I was jokingly complaining about the fact that I couldnt find all the products I needed.

Advantages to being a citizen of the world

Published October 3, 2012

October is here and I am beyond excited. Not because of Halloween well kind of but because I get to go home to Paris in two months.

Tell me something I don’t know.

Published September 30, 2012

The sky can be grey the sky can be blue. Fresh Food Company doesnt always satisfy everyones appetite. Classes will get harder throughout the semester. Our school has a good football team. Not everybody on this planet has to the same religion. The new library the Mary Idema Pew Library and Learning Commons is almost finished.

Nothing is free, but anything is possible in America

Published September 19, 2012

As I was complaining about a purse being expensive in a little shop in New York City an old lady once told me nothing is free in America and I responded but anything is possible. I put the purse back and walked out of her store with a smile. I was just being silly but I do believe that anything is possible in the United States of America you just have to be at the right place at the right time.

Diversity is in the eye of the beholder

Published September 12, 2012

Is Grand Valley State University diverse In the sense of plants and wildlife yes in the sense of humans no said Valentina Valdes GVSU alumna and former graphic designer for the Lanthorn.On the other hand Shelby Woody senior at GVSU majoring in cultural anthropology said yes more so than it used to be.There are currently 369 international students on this campus out of 24654 students total and nine cultural organizations out of the 180 organizations active on this campus and I still believe that my GVSU is quite diverse.Most people would say the opposite due to the fact that it is a predominantly white school in need of more color but I have a different definition of the word diversity. Diversity starts by acknowledging that there are different cultures around you and making the effort to get to learn about them.