I went through a mild panic attack when you all of a sudden discover four years wasn’t long enough to figure out your life plan. You millennials know what I’m talking about. It’s that baby quarter life crisis any run-of-the-mill overachiever acquires when confronted with entering “the real world”. I wish I could spare you some heartache and tell you that I figured it all out. But I didn’t. And you know what, that’s okay!
What I did learn in college was what I am interested in. There were many, but somehow French just caught on. I kept accidentally taking classes until, poof, one day it was a major. The other was an avid desire to help people and give back. These two things, combined with a love of international travel, prompted me to apply to teach in France for a year as an elementary teacher. Who knew I’d be here? If you had said this to me two years ago I never would have believed you. But I’m so excited to teach some six to ten year olds I can’t even wait. I’ll be living with a local family and their two kids in the heart of Marseille, right off the Mediterranean coast.
People often ask me, are you excited?? Heck yes, I’m excited.. but also nervous! Basically, I’m excitervous….. If this was an old AIM conversation where you set your emotion, that’s what I’d be listed as with a corresponding emoji. I’m excitervous and anxious and pumped and a whole slew of other emotions all wrapped up into one emotional burrito. And that’s the best part.
This blog was started as a way to connect with family and friends as I move abroad. Hopefully I communicate some of this experience well enough that you kind of feel like you’re on the journey with me. Thanks for all the love, prayers and support along the way.