T-minus 1 month, 1 week, and 5 days until I am off on one of the biggest adventures I have had to date—living in France for 5 months! The process getting to this point has been about as long as the list of papers needed to acquire a visa to France, but I am fully expecting it to be worth it. I have obtained my first official passport, successfully applied for a visa, talked with academic advisors, and made a Christmas list of all my travel necessities for this journey.
How am I feeling by this point? EXCITED! What an opportunity to be able to spend nearly half a year in southern France learning the French language and culture for my college education. This will be my first time outside of the United States of America, and I am thrilled for all the new experiences I will have. During my semester, I hope to travel to many European countries, become acquainted with the locals in Aix, and learn how to cope in a completely new society. Though I am stoked to have this adventure, I am beyond nervous as well. I will be, not 6 hours, but six time zones away from everything I know. Not to mention that every class, document, and conversation will be in a language I am learning. But taking a moment to ponder these things, the potential to grow and learn far outweighs the butterflies in my stomach of possibly getting lost or miscommunication.
As the year starts coming to a close, I will continue to plug away at school, relish in the first Wisconsin snowfalls, and cherish my friends and family for the holidays. Hopefully the next time I write I will be “across the pond.” In the mean time, best holiday wishes to everyone.
Until next time,