I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d check in to tell everyone how thing’s have been – It’s been busy, that’s for sure!
I finally got registered for classes a couple days ago (after being here 2 months). Yep! – the classes I’m taking *at this moment* (I’ve just kinda been sitting in on them). Registering was an interesting experience. Part of the reason it took so long to do was because I had to talk to a professor who only has office hours one hour per week (during one of my classes, btw). I filled out my learning agreement form and everything, and took it to him on Tuesday. It turns out I had the wrong version of the learning agreement form, so he sat me down at a computer and I did it all again.
Then we walked it over to another faculty member where I ran into trouble but she was super nice about the whole thing. Essentially, I’m taking a translation class that’s composed of two parts (FR –> ENG and vice-versa), however I’m only taking one single part. Despite the fact that I’d asked someone if this was ok (“of course!”)…apparently it’s not. Anyway, the guy was distressed that I wasn’t taking all the courses I’m supposed to and wanted to give me a zero for the translation course I’m lacking. The lady took my side and said it’s not my fault, and she wasn’t gonna have me fail. Basically I was just sitting there listening to them argue rapid-fire in French while they decided my fate haha. Very exciting.
But ended up being ok though, thanks to the lady who took my side ^_^
Immediately after this experience, I had a Skype interview for a job teaching English to young children through a company called Babylangues. The interviewer was British, so that made things easier, but the prospect of having a job in another country is still kind of mind-blowing. I did get the job! I get to choose between two families according to children’s age, location, etc. I’m very excited to meet a real French family – hopefully this will be a cool experience!
Since Halloween is approaching, I had the idea of carving pumpkins to make up for the fact we’re sort of “missing” it. To be honest, Halloween isn’t really a big deal here. Whereas at home, I’m sure everything in the stores is orange and black and purple, that just isn’t done here. Instead, Ikea has the Christmas stuff out. The pumpkins were over in the corner. It was kinda weird. I’ve never been a Halloween-obsessed person, but the lack of it has made me really miss the spirit! I found myself watching The Nightmare Before Christmas – something I’ve never had a desire to watch before. I guess you don’t realize how important something is to you until it’s gone. *Anyway* my friend Meredith and I bought pumpkins to carve them, and I invited a couple of my French friends over to do it as well – they’d never carved pumpkins before, so it was really fun! It was such a cool experience to see their reactions to the whole thing.
That’s all for now – À bientôt!