Late last night I was accepted to study abroad in Paris for the spring semester!! I was wide awake because I am super sick and got the email and almost screamed- but quickly realized I would wake up 6 sleeping girls. Because no one in my house was awake to celebrate the good news, I tweeted it and made it my Facebook status to feel good about myself- and boy, 117 likes later, I feel GREAT!!
My application process was pretty stressful and thorough, including a language assessment and much more since I am doing an external program not through Temple- but it is all worth it because I am going to PARIS!
Just when I thought all the hard work was done, I was bombarded with an email from my program saying I still had 11 things to do before I left- yikes! I scrolled through the list to prioritize and figure out what I needed to do immediately.
1. Confirmation and form of agreement- As expected, they want some money for me to hold my spot! I am sending this in tonight and as for my form of agreement, my parents need to sign this, so I am headed home Friday to get it all together! These forms are due by November 15 so it is pertinent that I do them ASAP and have a spot in the program!
2. Apply for a visa–uh without it I can’t go for more than 3 months so I must!
3. Apply for housing- I did this today. My program offers apartment style living as well as home stays and I placed apartment style living as my number 1. This has been a decision in the making- there were pros and cons to both and although I would love to live in a house where only French was spoken, I heard some horror stories about home stays, I made the choice to do apartment style. This is not official yet, so I could still end up with a family!
Of course this is not all 11 forms but they are most important! Today I worked on filling out medical reports, uploading my passport information and filling out a sheet to do an internship abroad! Even though it is an optional form, it is certainly something I am interested in doing, so I want to kick start the process as soon as possible!
As I fill out more and check more tasks off my list, I will keep you posted, until them, au revoir!