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Author: Melanie Biles

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Melanie Biles is a current student at Scripps College who spent her junior year of high school studying abroad with School Year Abroad France. Since SYA, she has enjoyed continuing to pursue French and her love of writing. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Politics/International Relations with a French minor and spends her time outside of class tutoring and working at the Scripps College Press.

Posted Dec. 17, 2015, 9 a.m. by Melanie Biles | View Comments
Study Abroad in High School? Why I Took the Plunge.

Going to France was always going to be a part of my life. When I was 14, my friend Kira’s father told us over dinner about when he had studied overseas in high school. I had always dreamed of studying abroad. Having grown up with close friends from Japan, France, and India, I had loved learning about other cultures and knew that travel would be an influential component of my life. That night, as we lingered over plates of pasta and Kira’s dad painted pictures of cobblestone streets and tiny boulangeries smelling of fresh bread and melting sugar, I knew ...