Hello world – call me Gerrit Wissink.
For a little context: I’m a junior at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Government and minoring in International Relations. Originally from Cortland, New York, I’ll be spending this fall studying in Paris, France with a Cornell-Duke-Emory-&-Tulane sponsored program called EDUCO. In the spring, I’ll be in Dakar, Senegal with a Wells College program. During both terms, I will be directly enrolled into the local universities, taking classes (and being graded) just like a French or Senegalese student. I will also be living with host families in the hopes of enriching the cultural experience of both semesters. I’ll be keeping this Cornell-sponsored blog with the intention that it can help me understand and share my academic/cultural/life experiences with my friends, family, and anyone interested in life abroad.
This will be my second time being abroad in France. Some of you may be familiar with my experiences from my historic G$: France Invasion (2009-2010). Fortunately, I didn’t get my fill of all-things French so I hope you are ready to join me again for this time around!
As for Senegal, that will be my first experience outside the Western world. I am very excited to study there, but I’m especially looking forward to living there. Of course, France must come first…donc, on y go!
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