Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Dec 24, 2006

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

So I found out there was a conflict with the management class I wanted to take at the Universite de Nantes, and just about every other class it was possible to take. Finally I found a "Principles of Marketing" class (something I have to take for my degree anyway), but apparently IES students don't normally take that one, so it was necessarily to get approval from the professor for me to take it. Luckily, I found out that it was at a time that works and the professor is not only going to let me in the class, but she is apparently very excited to have an American in the class. The only thing is it's from 12:30-4:00 Mondays - 3 1/2 hours straight of class. It should be interesting, though.

This is how my schedule looks:
Monday: 8-9am Advanced Topics in French Language and Composition
12:30-4pm Principles of Marketing

Tuesday 8:30-9:45am Construction of a European Union from 1945 to the present
11:00-12:15 The Palestinian Question from 1945 to today
1:45-3:00 The Palestinian Question from 1945 to today

Wednesday 8:30-9:45am Construction of a European Union from 1945 to the present
11:15-12:15 Business Internship Seminar (although this class doesn't start until October 11)
2:15-3:30 Intercultural Management
5:30-6:30 Advanced Topics in French Language and Composition

Thursday 8:30-9:45am Intercultural Management

Friday 9:45-10:45am Advanced Topics in French Language and Composition

My EU and Palestine classes are both really interesting. I'm especially excited about the Palestine class - she spent the first two sessions giving us a sort of overview lecture on all the material we'll cover and it was really interesting. I can understand both of them almost perfectly, and it's pretty easy when I don't quite catch what Mme de la Foye (the Palestinian Question prof) says about something to Google it after class and fill in the blanks. In the Europe class M. Launay has just been giving us a history of the idea of Europe and I pretty much knew all the history he brought up already (just sort of an overview of European history), so it wasn't too hard, and anyway I've already studied the EU in two other classes, so I'm not too worried about that one. The French class is a little boring, but it will be good for me and Mme de Pous seems like she'll be really good. For some reason my management prof, whose name, amusingly enough, could be translated as "Mr. Right", is harder to understand. I don't know if it's the speed at which he talks, or if he just has a different accent, or if it's just what he's talking about is more boring and so harder to concentrate on, but it's harder to focus on and catch what he says. Luckily he gives us readings in advance and uses Power Point during his lectures, so that makes it better. He expects us to discuss and participate in class, though, which is kind of intimidating in French.

Tonight we're all invited to a ceremony commemorating the 9/11 attacks at the the regional government headquarters for the Pays de la Loire, so that should be good. Tomorrow, which is of course my 21st birthday, I'm taking the train to Paris to celebrate with Alec, and coming back in time for a soccer match IES got us tickets to Saturday night between Nantes-Atlantique and Marseilles...should be fun.
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