The past few weeks have been really busy for me and I have been out of touch with many people.
Early in the summer, I accepted a job as a Montessori teacher in a classroom of 2-year-olds for the current school year. I am trained to teach the 3 to 6 age group but I figured it might be nice to stir away from the academic curriculum for a bit and work with another age group. So I moved to the south of France in late August, right in-between Cannes and Nice. I chose to first rent an apartment for the month of September only, and look for something long-term once I would be there…
So for a month, I lived in this gorgeous condo with view of the Mediterranean Sea. Every morning, I would get up, see the sun rise as I was having breakfast, and enjoy its amazing palette of colors.
For the first couple of weeks, I was still studying for my last three exams so there really was not much time to enjoy the area at all. Afterwards, the only activity I was up to was resting as all the transitions had left me exhausted. Furthermore, I was slowly coming to the realization that I really did not like working with this age group; indeed, there really is not much academic activities involved but there are a lot of diapers to change, potty training, dressing and undressing, crying … all of which I truly hated…
Thankfully, in the meantime, I found out that I had been accepted in the grad school program I had applied to, which was a one-year program to get a master in translation. Still, that was under the condition that I would pass all the exams to get the bachelor. However, different universities do not necessarily follow the same calendars so the results of my last three exams at the University of Toulouse were to be published on September 30th while my grad school classes at the University of Lyon started on September 20th!
To make a long story short, I found out that I passed all my exams and gave my resignation on the same day. I stayed with the school for a few more days, left the Riviera last Wednesday, spent two nights at my parents on the way back north, and arrived in Lyon on Friday. Today was my first day in grad school and I loved it! It is quite cold in Lyon: 48°F today (38 with the wind) vs. 75°F in Antibes last week!! But I am already biking around the city and I love it!
So maybe this was all worth it! Some of the big motivations for me to leave the states were to finish my bachelor and go to grad school. If I had stayed in America, I would have two more years of undergrad left because most of my French college education simply could not be transferred! But here, I am already in grad school!!!