Sunday, August 30, 2015

Going places

Hi friends! I have already had people ask me super confused questions about what I’m doing this semester, so since I wanted to start my blog back up anyway, here’s the story. Ever since I came back from West Africa I knew that living and working overseas was probably going to be a part of my future.  And probably in ministry. I decided to spend the rest of my collegiate years gaining knowledge and experience to help me move in that direction.

I already have to take four semesters of a foreign language for my Communication degree, so I figured I might as well take some more classes and add on a French minor. As I neared the end of my fifth semester of French classes I realized that even though I was getting good grades, I am actually really far from being fluent. Part of this may be the fact that I have the ability to remember a ridiculous amount of information for tests but then forget it immediately after, but it is mostly because not many people speak French in southern New Mexico. Like, nobody does.

I realized that for me, just passing classes and getting a minor is not the greatest priority. Actually gaining a functioning level of language that I can use in the future, however, is. So I started looking into options that I could use to gain some fluency. Study abroad ended up being the best option for me right now, since I can use my school scholarships and I can knock out the rest of the classes I need for my minor in a semester.  I looked at several French speaking countries to study in but France ended up being the best place for gaining fluency.

I will be leaving at the end of September to study in a small town an hour and a half from Paris. I am both excited and nervous, but I know that it will be an adventure no matter what. I will be taking all of my classes in French, which is honestly pretty terrifying. I plan to use my blog to keep people (let’s be real, my mom) updated about my travels. Stay tuned!