What about Grenoble?

Finishing high school can be stressful, especially if you know that you will have to move out on your own. Choosing where you are going to study is a big step in every young adult’s life. Thousands of French students are in that situation every year, along with international students that decide to come to France for their studies.

How do you decide where you should go?

As a foreign student, it was very hard to decide where I wanted to pursue my studies but let me tell you why I ended up choosing Grenoble.

Grenoble by night – Source

 

The city itself

Grenoble, also known as the Capital of the Alps, is a French southeastern city in the middle of three mountains: Chartreuse, Vercors, and Belledonne. It is also the capital of the department of Isère in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
It is at a perfect distance from other cities like Lyon or Paris, which lets you explore France as often as you can during your studies.
The city is small enough to make you feel welcomed, but there is still a huge variety of things to do or visit!

Ski resorts
Grenoble is the perfect city if you love winter sports like skiing or snowboarding. If you have never had the chance to try them, this is also your chance to visit some ski resorts like Chamrousse or Les Deux Alpes.
It is a lovely opportunity to spend time with your friends during Winter, away from the city life.

The Bastille
It is one of the most known main sights in Grenoble. It is located on the Chartreuse mountain, and from up there, you get a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings. You can also find some really good jogging tracks and restaurants.
You are able to go there on foot, or you can sit and enjoy a ride on the cable cars and a view over the Isère, the river that crosses the city.

View of Grenoble from the Bastille – Source

Cultural activities
There are several outstanding museums in Grenoble such as the Museum of Grenoble which has an extensive painting collection, CNAC (National Center of Contemporary Art) that has several exhibitions in store throughout the year.
As of performance halls, the Palais des Sports is not very far from campus and it hosts several famous artists.
Also, one of the cinemas that I have tried and recommend, is La Nef because it will occasionally show movies with subtitles!

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Le sport : de l’activité à l’apaisement, il n’y a qu’un pas

Prête ? HOP ! Je suis lancée dans l’arène.

L’arène ? C’est simplement ce qui nous entoure : des routes, des chemins, de l’eau, avec des arbres, des plantes, des immeubles ou d’autres personnes. C’est ce moment,  celui où tu te lances courageusement vers ton objectif. Cela peut être une distance, un temps, une compétition à préparer, un peu de chocolat à éliminer, ou tout simplement pour se faire plaisir.

Dans ce moment, on peut se retrouver parfois seul, ou parfois accompagné. Mais au final, toujours face à soi-même. Au début, nos problèmes arrivent dans notre tête, ils s’entremêlent. En plus de cela, viennent s’ajouter certains éléments qui mettent notre motivation au défi : les chocs contre le sol, l’environnement trop chaud en été ou trop froid en hiver, la douleur ou encore l’inconfort. C’est pourquoi, la tentation d’écourter ce moment est manifeste. Par chance, la volonté de continuer se fait ressentir

L’eau nous portant, et nous coupant du monde extérieur, la natation est un sport adapté à tous, et sans choc pour le corps – Photo de Julie Tournour 

Il y a ce cheminement, pas après pas, longueurs après longueurs, kilomètres après kilomètres, où chaque question tente de se remettre en place dans notre tête.  A ces instants, nous nous retrouvons face à l’environnement, et où chacun se créé une bulle. Elle nous promet à la fois force et sécurité, tout en ayant notre objectif en vue. Et, grâce à tout cela, nos pensées se libèrent.  En regardant cet objectif qui est au bout du parcours, on peut voir que nos problèmes quotidiens se retrouvent comme cachés derrière lui, effacés.  C’est grâce à lui que nous trouvons en nous la force, l’énergie et le mental pour arriver à notre but. Celui que nous attendons avec impatience, que nous recherchons avec détermination, celui qui est notre final. Celui dont on sera fier. Ce n’est pas celui qui sera uniquement affiché sur nos montres cardio ou sur notre application préférée. Il sera celui qui sera gravé en nous, mentalement et physiquement. Avec au bout, un bonheur d’avoir surmonté toutes les épreuves rencontrées le long de ce parcours menant à l’objectif.

La montée de La Bastille est un parcours de Trail incontournable. Un objectif accessible mais physique, dans un cadre naturel et avec un magnifique point de vue final.

Nous oublierons presque ces moments, où, sur notre chemin, nous avons pu découvrir de nouveaux endroits, de nouveaux végétaux ou animaux. Possiblement, avons-nous croisé d’autres personnes ayant le même objectif que nous. Mais surtout, où nous avons pu absorber le calme et l’apaisement, voire un air différent, peut-être plus vert, peut-être plus pur pour nous.

Qu’on soit à pied, en maillot de bain, ou à vélo pour ne citer qu’eux, le sport est indispensable pour notre physique, mais tout autant pour notre moral. Et, entre l’activité et l’apaisement, il n’y a qu’un pas.

Interview of Guillaume, member of the BDSM (Mountain Sport Office)

⇒ Hi Guillaume! So, can you introduce yourself to those who don’t know you yet?
Hi! Of course!
My name is Guillaume Colin, I am a GCC student and the Material Manager of the BDSM.

⇒ And you are also a high level athlete, aren’t you?
Yeah, in rock climbing, I won the University French Championships and I participated in a World Cup in Chamonix last year.

⇒ So, can you tell us about the BDSM, what are the purposes of this organization?
The BDSM was founded by Thomas Bioud and Marylou Pellerin, which are currently president and vice-president of the office.
The idea of creating this organization emerged in the spring of 2018 :
the main goal was to provide the opportunity for students to meet new people and to go hiking, skiing and climbing around Grenoble.
We recruited the office’s members in the different sections of Polytech, and we started the administrative steps quickly, so that the association could be ready for the school startin September 2018.
The other purpose of the BDSM is the equipment loan : we provide members with mountain equipment.
The school management was rather against this idea, mainly for responsability’s reasons, that’s why I made a training, provided by the FFME (French Federation of Mountain and Climbing), in order to be able to manage the material.

⇒ Can you tell us about the events you have already organized, and those you planned to organize?
The first event we oragnized was an aperitif at the top of the Moucherotte, over the 60 participants, 50 of them took their BDSM membership after this event.
We also organized a DVA (Detecting and Locating Avalanche Victims) formation.
For the end of the year, we plan to organize a barbecue at Fort St Eynard, and for the next year, we want to organize a week end in the Callanques with the collaboration of Polytech Marseille!

⇒ Okay, thank you for your time and I wish you all the best for your exams!

Poly’Raid Handi-Valide 2019

Organisé par des étudiants de l’école, la 4e édition du Poly’Raid Handi-Valide a eu lieu le 28 mars 2019. L’objectif est de rassembler des personnes en situations de handicap et valides autour du sport : course d’orientation, course à pied, biathlon laser, run & bike, VTT et kayak !

Revivez cette journée riche en émotions en vidéo !

Why are tennis balls yellow ?

Did you know ? Tennis balls haven’t always been yellow. At first they were white, like on the picture.

Unfortunately, when television arrived, it was a little complicated to follow the ball on black and white screens. They found out that yellow was easier to see than white on those old screens. Indeed, the contrast between the ball and the ground was higher on every type of court (grass, clay or hardcourts of concrete).

Therefore, in 1972, the International Tennis Federation made it official that tennis balls will be white or yellow. Indeed, you can still play with white ones in official competitions even if yellow ones became the standard.

By the way, if you want to know more about the strict specifications of a tennis ball, it has to have a diameter between 6.35 and 6.67 cm, a weight between 56.70 and 58.45 g and it has to bounce higher than 1.34 m but lower than 1.47 m when dropped at 2.50 m above the ground.