Exchange Student Reunions in Paris and Geneva

A semester at HLS tends to bring people together, as evidenced by the recent reunions of fall 2013 HLS exchange students. In February, Geneva-based students Ursina Menn (University of Geneva) joined Duy-Lam Nguyen (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) in visiting Sciences Po students Roxane Best, Florentin Juillet, Babaka Tracy Mputu, and Malik Touanssa in Paris: “It was not only the ideal moment to help all of us to overcome our HLS post-depression, but also to learn more about our friends’ academic curricula and their day-to-day life in Paris. They showed us their home university and told us about their current internships at law firms or courts. It was lovely to be guided through Paris by our friends and to discover many new things (such as delicious food), places, and museums!”

Roxanne, Ursina, and Lam in Paris. Photo courtesy of Ursina Menn.

Roxane Best, Ursina Menn, and Lam Nguyen in Paris. Photo courtesy of Ursina Menn.

March brought visits to Geneva by both Roxane and Malik. As Malik’s visit coincided with more temperate weather, Marlena Wisniak, Ursina, and Lam added a hike to the Creux du Van to their Geneva tour.

Hiking the Cruex du Vent. Photo courtesy of Ursina Menn.

Hiking the Creux du Van. Photo courtesy of Duy-Lam Nguyen.

And it looks like more reunions are in the works, according to Ursina: “The experience of spending an extraordinary semester at HLS as exchange students, where we always could count on each other for support, is an experience that truly bonded us together. We will hold on carefully to and treasure these new friendships and do our utmost to stay in contact. I’ve heard a trip to Brazil is already being planned! Thank you, HLS!”