Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hurry Up and Wait

After first getting accepted to go to Martinique, I was on cloud nine.  Unfortunately, that high faded all too quickly, and life continued as normal.  Although I've already had one document to fill out and send to Martinique, there isn't a whole lot I can do right now, except save money.  And wait.

I have so many questions about the program and about Martinique, but all I can do is be patient.  Most of my questions probably won't be answered until the summer.  From what I know about the Teaching Assistant in France Program, there is a lot of waiting involved.  I better get used to it now.

Around July or August, I should find out my placement within Martinique, which will also tell me the length of my contract (7 or 9 months) and the grade level that I'll be teaching.  Housing is completely up in the air until I know more details.  Luckily, a "Guide for Assistants" should be posted soon, so that will help out with some questions that I have.  In the meantime, I've been doing some research about Martinique in general.  I've also done some light stalking of past assistants to find out more information...

In other news, I started working again this week.  But only for this week... I'm leaving Wednesday for vacation!  I'm going to Oregon for a week and a half (Portland/Corvallis).  I'm very excited, especially since this will probably be the last trip I take before I leave in the fall (besides a trip to Chicago at some point to get my visa).

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time reading other blogs.  I love to write (even though my writing usually consists of me rambling on about nothing), and I've been thinking a lot about my blog, wondering what direction I want it to go.  If anyone has any ideas/suggestions, please let me know!  I'd love any feedback you want to throw my way.

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

And so it begins...

Today.  TODAY!

Let me back up...

Since I graduated almost (gasp) 2 years ago, I've bounced around the idea of becoming an English Teaching Assistant in France.  I was completely undecided for many reasons, but last fall, I decided to apply.  By the end of November, my application was submitted, and I was committed... (sort of).  On the website, the estimated timeline said that applicants could expect to hear about acceptance "early April."  Knowing the French, I figured this could mean sometime around April 20.  So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email today.

I scanned over the subject of the email, and it didn't quite register.  Then I saw the word "Martinique."  Wait a second...

After rereading the subject line, it was like time slowed down.  I screeched.  My mom came out thinking I had found a spider.  I couldn't even read the email because I was so... what?  Emotional, exhilarated and stunned.  And so incredibly happy.

When I first applied to be an assistant, I wasn't sure about it.  There were so many things that held me back and made me hesitant.  But if I didn't apply, I knew I wouldn't ever go.  And how often do people really get opportunities like this?

So this is what I know:

I'm accepted to be an English Teaching Assistant for the 2011-2012 school year in Martinique.

I don't know what grade I'll teach.  I don't know what city I'll be in.  I don't know when I start or how long my contract will be.  I don't know how much I'll be paid or where I'll live or how much things will cost.  I don't know, and I am so HAPPY.

Three years ago, I studied abroad in France.  Looking back, I wish I had written more and taken more pictures because those memories fade quickly.  I'm starting early this time.

This is what life is all about.