A New Chapter

I won’t conclude by giving you a piece of advice. I will just end this message with a simple yet deeply sincere “thank you.”

At 18, I chose like you to come to study in Le Havre. Like you, I wanted to understand the world around me and dig deeper in the field of social sciences and humanities. Before going to pursue my study in political sciences, I remember telling my parents when moving out of the city that I would never come back to Le Havre. At that time, I was looking forward to embracing new horizons and discovering the world. But never say never. 20 years later, I landed for a second time in this city for what would be the best part of my professional life so far.

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A Letter from Yours Truly: The Year Rep’s Goodbye

Hello healthy Mushus!

Here are some words from your 2A Year Rep Zhenhao Li for this end of academic year. Even though for the Year Reps, there is no official date for the end of mandate, this is probably the last official post from me as a Year Rep of LH 2022.

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*WINNER* Eyes on the (Eternal) City

Rome without its tourists is like an instrument without its musician: it does not stop being beautiful but it suffers because of its solitude. Before this pandemic, it was not usual to the Eternal City to face embarrassment, feeling inadequate before its empty avenues. The quietness is deafening. Each rione (central neighbourhoods in Rome), drained of the astonished foreign eyes is left to its uncaring inhabitants, too occupied with thoughts to pay attention to the Bernini’s sculpture or the ancient Roman obelisk to their side.

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“Eyes on the City” ENTRY 3

I have a favorite story about Osaka. In 1985, the local baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, won the Japan Series. The fans, overjoyed at their first Japan Series victory, celebrated in downtown Osaka in a way that can only be described as unique. The fans shouted out the names of the players who had finally delivered the national title to the most passionate fanbase in all of Japan, and those in the crowd who looked like the players who were being called out dashed forward and jumped into the Dotonbori Canal.

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