When I originally made this blog, I meant it to be a way for my family and friends to keep in touch, a source for students who might study abroad after me, and most importantly, a record of my experiences in Paris, so as to not forget anything. Now, almost a year later from when my program ended, I’m contemplating starting it up, following my experiences after graduation. How often I’ll actually update throughout the next year, who knows. But, I figure now is a good time to update about my year after Paris and what I plan to do next.
So, last semester I overloaded myself with courses in order to finish my college requirements, explore some ideas for the future, and start my dream of learning more languages. I took an environmental statistics course which not only helped explain the method behind the numbers, but also fostered my hippie, environmental side. Whether this means I’ll actually reduce my effect on the planet, or if I’ll fall back into old consumer habits, only time will tell. In my Maghrebin film class I continued to practice my French while learning how to pick apart and decipher films. In my art history course I got even further proof that I should not be a curator, but that was fairly obvious to begin with. My last two courses were Intro Spanish and Arabic. There I learned that while I admire anybody who speaks Arabic and love writing in the language, my passion lies in the romance languages. While all these courses did make for a stressful semester, it allowed me to take a much lighter load for my last semester at college.
This semester I decided to continue with Spanish, although I’m incredibly disappointed that I won’t be able to follow up with Spanish 130 at Goucher, which would have allowed me to learn subjunctive in Spanish, my favorite French grammar point. My class includes an online portion where we talk with students in Mexico, a half hour in Spanish, a half hour in English. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep speaking with these students and keep my Spanish skills up.
While I chose to stop taking Arabic class, I decided to take an Arabic culture course instead. I feel incredibly lucky to be reading Palestinian, Egyptian, and Lebanese authors, given how anti-middle east our country can be.
I also took a course in Arts Administration. I wish somebody had told me to take this course as a freshman, because this would have completely changed how I spent the past four years. I LOVE Arts Administration. My professor was amazing and I would have loved to have taken more classes and possibly double majored.
Finally I took Intermediate Astronomy with the most amazing professor at Goucher. Science still doesn’t come easy to me, but thanks to the help of my professor, I now know about the universe, general relativity, and multiple ways to find the distance to a star.
So, this post turned out a little random. It was started a couple months ago, and finished almost a month after my graduation. But, I wanted to write something so that years later when I’ve forgotten what I did in college, I’d have something to look back on.
I’m going to try and update with some random posts this summer. To anyone who still checks this from back in the days of my Frenchie travels, make sure to check back in September when the real updates will hopefully start again. 🙂