A day in the life of Gaëlle Pierre-Louis
Culture and Politics Major, Georgetown University, Spring 2016
A typical Wednesday morning for me in Paris begins with the sound of my alarm at 8:00 a.m. I grab a quick breakfast, usually cereal and croissants with orange juice, before heading to my CUPA Art History Class, which meets at a local museum on Wednesdays. The first half of the semester we met at the Musée du Louvre and then during the second half, we usually met at the Musée d’Orsay with a few trips to the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Gustave Moreau. After an hour and a half of seeing incredible paintings, I head over to Paris-Sorbonne University for my cours magistral (lecture) entitled France Under Louis XIV with Professor Lucien Bély, specialist in international relations. Then, at 2:45 p.m., I head over to Lamark-Caulincourt to take my private piano lesson with Madame Giret, professor at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. We are currently working on the first seven movements of Shubert’s Winterreise, Rachmanioff Prelude No.5 and Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso Op.14. After my piano lesson, I grab a quick bite to eat at La Halte du Sacré-Coeur before taking the metro at Chateau Rouge (Line 4) back to Saint-Michel (Line 4) in order to attend my last class of the day entitled Colonization/Decolonization at the Paris-Sorbonne University. After about an hour of class, I take the metro back to CUPA in order to attend the Atelier de théâtre, a small theatre group led by CUPA’s intern, which uses theatre to help us learn more about French language and culture. Usually, I get back to my home in the 8th arrondissement by 8 p.m. for a lovely dinner with my host family. After dinner, I do my best to Skype my family back home and organize my to-do list for the next day! It’s amazing how time really flies when you are having fun! I find myself constantly praying: Ô temps, suspends ton vol!