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How to Spend Your Time Outside of Class Wisely Abroad

by Solaine Carter

Ever since leaving for college, my capacity for procrastination has been at an all-time high.

I’ve noticed that old habits die hard and I’ve been falling into this cycle on my summer program abroad. Whether it’s with my French homework or writing these blogs, I can’t seem to tear myself away from the rich culture of Grenoble.

My procrastination in France, though, is different from what you may think of when you think about procrastination.

I like to think of what I’m doing as immersing myself further in French culture. For me, relaxing at cafés, visiting museums, and wandering through the city really beat sitting in a room on the 9th floor of an apartment.

Don’t get me wrong, I know procrastination is bad anywhere. But when you are abroad, living in a fantastic place like Grenoble, it is the most difficult thing to tell your friends, “sorry, can’t go to the museum today, have to go home and work.”

Here are my top “procrastination” do’s and don’ts while studying abroad.


Spend a Saturday afternoon in Arles, France at Van Gogh’s local café.

Spend an afternoon strolling through the Musée de Grenoble.

Eat escargot with your friends at the oldest café in France, Café de la Table Ronde!

Ride the Bulles (cable car) up the Bastille for an incredible view of the city!

Picnic at the oldest Roman Aqueduct in Europe with friends!

Find a park you can work and read in.


  • Avoid wasting away in your bedroom watching Netflix all day.
  • Try not to sleep through that nicest/coolest part of the day.
  • Don’t spend copious amounts of time on social media
  • Don’t overthink it, do whatever makes you comfortable. These are just my suggestions.

PS: This blog was written in a park before going to a museum!

This post was contributed by Solaine Carter, who is spending her summer studying abroad with AIFS in Grenoble, France.

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