Two weeks from today I will be on an airplane headed back to Seattle. I am both super excited and not. I am excited to be going back to Seattle and see all my friends and family- three and a half months is way too long to be away from my mother--but it’s sad to think about how I might never see the people in my program again, nor speak French like I can now. I don’t have much time to reflect on everything I have learned and experienced in Aix--nor do I really want to face the fact that these past few months will soon only be a memory. But I can say that I have met some incredible people, eaten some incredible food, and done some things I never thought I would. I never really wanted to study abroad for a whole semester--I thought that was way too long to be away from Linfield and everything I thought was so necessary in my life. And although I still agree that it’s a long time to be away, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t have been able to be so immersed in the French culture, experience as many things as I have, or learn so many intricate details about French life if I hadn’t stayed here as long as I have. It has definitely been one of the hardest things in my life, but now it just seems normal and I can’t really imagine my life in the United States anymore. I think I will have more culture shock speaking English and living in America than I had in France.
The past few weeks have been a blur of activities:
-A weekend in Paris: not nearly sufficient to see everything there is to see in Paris, but any amount in that city is time well spent
-Thanksgiving with our program and host families: our program hosted a feast for all the staff, professors, families and students, and it was truly wonderful for the food as well as quality time spent with those who we are closest to
-A ball: yes a real ball complete with everything other than real princes.
-And countless studies.
We have one week left of classes before finals to write three essays, prepare my study guides, finish a few textbooks, and try to still enjoy and experience Aix. After all, it is Christmas time, and I only have 14 days left in France. It’s definitely stressful all the things I need to do, but I’m going to try not to stress and enjoy as much as I can in Aix.
On that note, I will cut this a little short in order to finish my paper for my French Society class: a comparison between law studies in France and the United States.
Bon courage tout le monde!