(photo courtesy of Andrea Bouchaud)
I just quit my job and it feels so good. I didn’t quit per se — my term as Design Editor of The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ campus newspaper, ended on Friday. I’m a workaholic. I’ve had a job since the completely illegal age of 11. I started out by cleaning cat cages in middle school, became a certified lifeguard in high school, and ended up in an editorial position in college. It feels weird, so, so wonderfully weird, to be free. But, I won’t have a job in Paris. Mon travail will be full-time foreign exchange student. World-traveler. Adventuress. And honestly, right now, that is where my head needs to be. No more deadlines, pressure, unrealistic expectations of my work. Blogging is more fun anyways.
French class this week: We went to the computer lab, the standard once-in-a-while thing for language classes at Rutgers, on Thursday. I learned two things: I cannot understand a French news broadcast to save my life. I can, however, fairly keep up with a back-and-forth exchange between two actors. Especially after watching and re-watching it twelve times. I have a lot of respect for my French professor. She came around to each of our work stations and individually corrected our grammar, spelling, and overall comprehension of the videos. She’s also a pretty tough grader, which I’m thinking is indicative of the European system. I’m not used to getting less than 100% on my homework assignments. I want to work harder and impress the hell out of her by the end of the semester. I still haven’t mentioned the fact that I’m moving to her home country. Probably should get around to that.
Speaking of getting around to things, I’m officially accepted! … From the Rutgers side of the process, that is. Even though my study abroad adviser still hasn’t replied to any of my questions, my confirmation email from the Rutgers Center for Global Education arrived on Thursday. Lauren congratulated me, and then asked if I would please begin to look over the additional information on my RU Study Abroad application. I need to start working on my next application, for Sciences Po. This includes my “second application which will be emailed shortly” (still waiting), a program deposit, visa materials, physician form, and course equivalency form.
Snow has impaired the process a little bit for me. New Jersey is an ice rink. Classes were closed for all or part of the day both Monday and Wednesday of last week because of snow. I had a lot of time to catch up on homework, but I missed my meeting with the head of the French department. This is actually the second time I’ve been snowed in, unable to meet her. Hopefully today will work. As for the Journalism department, they seem fairly open to walk-ins. These departmental meetings will focus on the course equivalency form I mentioned above. Basically, I need to make sure I get credit for the work I do abroad.
In the meantime, I’m back on my Duolingo grind. Add me @catlexa if you want to play!