Margaux Rhymes with Fargo

mostly entertaining stories about my life


Study Abroad

I made it home (a while ago)

Now that I've gotten past the craziness of the holidays and moving and starting my new job (details to come), I will theoretically have more time to share some entertaining stories. Theoretically. To wrap up my Euro trip, which was... Continue Reading →

This is why school math is useless {Switzerland 2014}

One of the main differences I noticed between Europe and the US is that people are much more cultured. They know more languages and have visited more places and are generally more adept at navigating in a foreign place. To... Continue Reading →

Rhinos freaking out, donkeys playing the accordion and other stories {Vienna 2014}

My weekend trip to Vienna, Austria was especially exciting because I met up with my childhood friend Kristin who studied in Copenhagen for the semester.  As we wandered around the town, a couple of things stood out: A burger joint... Continue Reading →

“Life-size foosball and crêpes during class” or “They actually get paid to do this?!”

For some background, Ecole Polytechnique is a military school and the students that are lucky enough to get accepted actually get a monthly stipend to support their studies (and pay no tuition).  In return, they do about six months of... Continue Reading →

What not to do during an oral presentation in a foreign language

The whole French language thing has actually been going pretty well for me. I understand professors during lecture, and I’ve gotten much better at following and chiming in to conversations among other students. However, my latest struggle came when I... Continue Reading →

French banks don’t actually have any money

I'm incredibly excited to be home! I am definitely ready to be done with the whole ridiculous story with the bank/phone company/housing office/Caltech study abroad office. On the bright side, I have some good stories to tell. On the day before I... Continue Reading →

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