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After spending two-and-a-half years on the UMass Amherst campus, I thought I had my navigation skills down. I was wrong. The Skema campus, where I'm studying this semester, is built into the beautiful landscape of Sophia Antipolis, France. There are three main buildings: Skema 1, 2, and 3. From my understanding, Skema 1 has more administrative offices and big lecture halls. Skema 2 is the business school (where most of my classes are), and Skema 3 has more classrooms and study space. There are also student dorms, all of which are single apartments.  

The buildings are a little hard to navigate, but everyone is friendly and, since it is an international school, everyone speaks English. The biggest difference I have noticed is that everyone dresses to impress. Unlike UMass, where most students sport joggers and sweatshirts, the only sweatshirts to be seen at Skema are designer. Otherwise, most girls wear jeans, nice sweaters, and booties. The guys wear jeans, nice sweaters, and loafers.  

If you know me, you know I only wear leggings and sweatshirts, so it is safe to say I will be doing lots of shopping. But hey, I’m not really complaining!

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