Coming to an end

David and I finally were able to record an mp3 for the Informal French & Slang page. We’ve only done the first section so far (Informal Ways of Speaking) but we will continue to add more audio files throughout the summer.

Today was the last day of work at one of my schools. I did nothing in both classes. Three more days of work to go…

I’m feeling stressed about going to London before heading back to the States in May. I hate travelling (and especially flying) alone, and I really don’t want to stay in a hostel again. I’m hoping someone on Couchsurfing will be kind enough to take me in instead.

I’ve submitted my thesis to my advisor, and she said it looks good. I need a second professor to read through it before I can officially turn it in, but I think I may finally be done with grad school!

And now that my job is ending and my university education is over… what next? I really wish I had a clue. And the right to work in France. Though I suppose that might not matter since having the right work does not imply being able to find a job.

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  • Mlle Smith

    Jennie, can’t you do one of those teaching assistant programs? I don’t know if they allow you to choose the location, but maybe that’s an option?…

  • Mlle Smith

    Jennie, can’t you do one of those teaching assistant programs? I don’t know if they allow you to choose the location, but maybe that’s an option?…

  • Jennie

    I did the teaching assistantship program this year, and I asked to renew for next year, but there’s no guarantee that I can. I might not get a response until September or October. :/

  • Jennie

    I did the teaching assistantship program this year, and I asked to renew for next year, but there’s no guarantee that I can. I might not get a response until September or October. :/

  • Gem

    I didn’t have any idea what to do either when I finished my assistantship and we moved to Nice… I wasn’t accepted as a recrute local and found a crappy job teaching business English. But now that I know what I really want to do, I’m really glad that I spent my time in France without worrying (too much) about the future. Even though it sounds trite, enjoy your time not working! It might be the best part of your memories from France!

  • Gem

    I didn’t have any idea what to do either when I finished my assistantship and we moved to Nice… I wasn’t accepted as a recrute local and found a crappy job teaching business English. But now that I know what I really want to do, I’m really glad that I spent my time in France without worrying (too much) about the future. Even though it sounds trite, enjoy your time not working! It might be the best part of your memories from France!

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