Julia Mitchell

Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po)
Huntsman '22

I am a sophomore in the Huntsman Program studying International Studies and Business with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. At Penn, I write for student publications like the Daily Pennsylvanian and the Wharton International Business Review and volunteer in West Philly through the Francophone Community Partnership. In my spare time, I love to drink way too much coffee, draw unflattering portraits of people, and listen to podcasts while baking banana bread.

I chose to study at Sciences Po because it’s a place that values interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking, and intercultural exchange (and Emmanuel Macron’s alma mater.) I will take courses in international politics, history, and economics to try to understand what French identity means both for native Parisians and those considered “outsiders” in the country.

During my semester abroad, I hope to become confident enough in French to get into political debates with Parisians. I also can’t wait to stay with a host family, take refuge in museums, kill time in the cafes frequented by Picasso and James Baldwin, sample every bakery in the city for the best almond croissants, and hopefully learn how to bike through the streets without an accident.

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