So I don’t really have much to say or any updates. I have become more confident and excited about my decision, which is a good thing for me. I finally spoke to my mom about it and sent my acceptance e-mail. I also included (because why not, at least if the opportunity presented itself I could be considered) that if it was at all possible I would not mind being relocated South. Now the acceptance email did say that all placements were final, but I sent it anyways. My mom always tells me, the worse they can tell you is no. I guess it’s still early because the lady (M. Cox) wrote me back and said she would be emailing me by the end of the month with some more info.
In the mean time I have been reaching out to old Assistants that were in Amiens prior and have been using couchsurfing to reach out to locals. Some didn’t even bother responding and some did. I will mention that I did message everyone in English, but only because their whole profile was written in English. I made sure to include at the end that communicating in English and French are options for me, whatever was best for them. It was nice getting a message from anyone, American of French; the fact that they were so friendly, open and willing to talk to me, it was just nice.
I’ve also been checking out different blogs, mannnn are these blogs helpful. There’s especially one that I got a lot of good information from. (I’ll prob ask her for permission so I can put a link or add her name). So yeah, just kinda tryna keep mental notes, or look up information. Best thing, WRITE IT DOWN. (My memory is horrible (you can imagine how difficult that can prove to be when learning another language)). *yes, that did just happen. Parenthesis inside of another parenthesis*. So I’m writing things down in a Microsoft document, keep saving and updating it and right before I leave, I’ll review it and save it to my USB as well as email it to myself. (I like to play it safe, and again, my memory is badddd).
Just want to be as prepared as possible. Generally, I’ve come to learn the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. This is def the case while researching and reading up for this trip. I have so many questions, concerns and things that I have to figure out. What I’m willing to compromise on, what things will I have to, for example pay more money for or something. I want to try to get the basic needs and wants down/satisfied so that it helps with the transition.
I don’t really want to live alone, but living with people isn’t exactly easy. I like different music, and at times I like kinda loud music (Def going to invest in a good pair of headphones). I’d like to be able to have company, over night company (hoping my family will come visit). I’m not the tidiest person but I can’t live with a slob. I like to have my own private area and don’t want everyone in my business. Can’t, WON’T do curfews, stuff like that. I think living with people will probably be best, even if its just for the first few months. Company is always good (especially if I have my own area to escape to whenever I need). It could lead to possibly meeting other people, and you can always learn from someone. There’s always someone somewhere that knows something you don’t and vice versa.
When I was in Caen, I learned some Chinese and Japanese (nothing fancy, just how to count, some greetings, thank you and about some board game that I never really mastered). Learned a little Portuguese, Arabic and Italian. I could say, “Hi, my name is Bianca in 10 different langues. Even the little things like that are proud moments for me, even though I don’t remember half of it. (Its true what they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it)
So much for not having much to say. Somehow this entry is a little all over the place. I’ll update again soon 🙂