Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Form Is In !

Yes that's right, I have finally received the guarantee form (GF) that will allow me to commence the process of attaining my visa. I thought it would have been a two page thing, but it's more like a 10 page thing. Which is completely fine, since that means I get more information.
I will have a family of four: a mother named Veronique, a father named Patrick, a 20 year old brother named Maxime, and an 18 year old sister named Sophie. Unfortunately I will not spend time with my host sister because she'll be having an amazing year in South Korea. I think I've mentioned this in a previous post. I have been messaging with my host sister, but now since I have my host mother's email, I'll email her in terrible french soon :)). I hope my effort is much appreciated either way.

According to my GF, I will be receiving a monthly allowance of 60 Euros, which isn't too bad considering it's money I did not count on having. Now, about my future school. I will be in premiere, which is also known as 11th grade :/, in the literature (L) path. Now, if I didn't know better, I would be a bit upset about being in a grade with kids two years younger, but I've learned that the students in their final year, terminale, study so so so much that they really don't have time to do much; so I've heard, therefore I'm OK with 11th. Now about L being my career path... honestly I saw it coming since a majority of exchange students going to France get placed in this one out of Science (S) and Economics (ES), but I don't even enjoy English literature, never the less French literature. Not to mention I don't speak French, but I'm also happy with this because students in this field not only focus only on literature, but as well in geography and other languages.

In the end, I'm content with my placement so far. I'm really looking forward in boarding that plane on August 23rd.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Hosting Club

Hi there. News about my future home is coming in... somewhat fast, so that's always a plus. I still have not recieved my guarantee form, which basically shows where I'll be staying, host familiy info, school, etc etc, and I need this form to get my visa! I'm a bit worried about the visa process because I hear it's a real pain to go through the process :p, oh well, I suppose a study visa will look nice in my passport :)). Since the past time I've posted, I recieved the name of the rotary club that will be sponsoring me, and it will be Rotary Club d'Elbeuf sur Seine. I guess I could say I'm excited to go to France just about now, but it's alright, I can wait.
flag from the club

Onto other news, this past wednesday I went to go see Los Enanitos Verded with my sister :DD. They were really great! So many of m friends are getting ready to  go to college and I'm still "attempting" to get some French in my brain. I'll see how that goes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's About Toiime!

The long awaiting news for the question has found an answer. The question was, "Where in Normandy was I going to recide?", and now I know the answer to it!

I will live in a town called Caudebec les Elbeuf , it's a mouth-full, but lovely never the less. It might be a village compared to my almost 200,000 population of a city, with a approxamately 10,000 inhabitants. Not sure if that incudes the farmn animals... Anyways, all jokes aside. My host sister was the one to contact me via fb, and I learned that I will have a animated mother who works in the business area, a retired father, and am older brother. My host sister will be doing her exchange in South Korea, how exotic :).
Back to Caudebec les Elbeuf, I'm not going to lie, at first I was a bit shocked that I didn't get Rouen as my city because the French girl coming to my city is from there, so it's logical to assume I was going to that city. But after some poundiring, I'm very happy that I got a town of such a size. I'll be able to get around with no problem and maybe meet more people that way. Plus, after France, I'm going to attend a University that is huuuge in population, so it'd be nice to have a peaceful town :). It's also right along the famous Seine River and about an hour and thirty minutes from Paris!!!
Where it's located

Attractive Pictures of the place

The school I'll be attending is called Lycée André Maurois. It looks and offers many lovely classes! My host sister told me there is a teacher that teaches Spanish that is from South America, something like that!

Now to the end of my high school life in the US. Today was the last day I'd take classes at school. It's bittersweet to know I graduate on Saturday :))

Happy International Exchange Student's Day! :p