As a black girl who has spent the past year studying in Rennes, France, I’m going to set the record straight for all the black girls who are thinking about studying abroad. Here’s what you need to know if you are even considering going:
1. Where you choose to study might be less prejudice than where you live now.
After arriving in France, I was pleasantly surprised to live in a community that was less prejudice than where I lived in NYC. The black and white communities were a lot more mixed and friendly to each other. With that being said, a lot of French people assumed that I couldn’t be American because of my race, which is something that I’m not used to.
Definitely do not make assumptions about how prejudiced a country is before you visit. Do your research and then make an educated decision.