I feel like my last post was somewhat impersonal (probably because I copied and pasted pretty much the whole thing from the TAPIF website… HMM), so I decided I should share a little bit about what I’m thinking in regards to the program right now.
The whole “graduation-and-moving-away-from-my-home-the-last-five-years” thing aside, I have all of these emotions running through me when I think about moving to France.
I’m relieved: It’s so nice to know that I have a job for the next year (and a teaching job to boot!), especially after waiting to hear back and being in a stage of limbo for so long. Plus I’m super happy that I don’t have to go through the job-application process here in the States like so many of my friends are doing right now!
I’m nervous: I’ve never even been to France or Europe, much less lived there! I really have no idea what life is going to be like and heading into something so COMPLETELY unknown is definitely daunting.
I’m scared: I’m not going to lie, thinking about moving to a country where I’m not fluent in the language is slightly terrifying. Plus, thanks to the movie “Taken,” I have a whole bunch of people telling me not to get sold into the sex trade. Thanks, guys.
I’m excited: Of course I’m excited! I’m moving to FRANCE and I have a job in my field! Plus I’m going to be near the beach in a temperate climate–pretty much everything I could ask for! I’m going to have all sorts of amazing experiences and honestly, I can’t wait to get over there and start broadening my horizons.
I’m overwhelmed: There’s a lot I need to do. I’m so happy that I have about 5 months to get all of my preparations done: buying plane tickets, saving money, finding an apartment, getting a visa, etc.; I’m going to need all of that time to figure out what I need to do before moving overseas and get it all done.
So there you have it! A small glimpse into what I’m feeling right now. I’m sure my emotions as the time draws nearer will continue to change (NOSTALGIA, anyone??), so I might do another similar post in a few months.