A day in the life of Claire Barbehenn
Psychology Major, Kenyon College
CUPA Spring 2018
From the curveball of rail strikes upsetting Paris’ transit system to the student strikes protesting Macron’s higher education reforms, I came to realize that the people hold a great amount of power over the city. Paris would not be Paris without the people. When the people want to speak out for their beliefs they do. Whether they want to defend their rights or demand change, they act on it. The Paris I see today is not the same Paris I saw when I first arrived.
This city is a hub of life. It was an incredible experience to live in it and to participate in it. Through the challenges and small triumphs of daily life, I learned a lot about myself and the world around me. I don’t care if it’s a cliché because it’s actually true. It was one amazing semester that I am incredibly thankful for and if I could do it over again right now, I would.
Paris, je t’aime.