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Back to School

by Daley

At the end of this month, I will be off to Bordeaux to begin my TAPIF contract.

I know it’s going to go by fast–this past year has already gone by so quickly.

It feels like just yesterday I was getting ready to leave for my study abroad in Bordeaux. I was nervous, not sure what those few months would bring–and now here I am.

Graduated, married, and off to begin a work contract teaching English in one of my favorite cities!

A lot can happen in a year.

My last few months of undergrad went by so fast, something I was very happy about.

After being in Bordeaux, I was ready to get the hell out of Davis and not look back. I wanted out, I wanted to be abroad. The first couple months back in Davis just hurt–I longed to be in France more than anything.

And now as I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed and see every college student getting ready to go back to school, I can’t help but feel a little twinge inside of me.

I don’t really miss Davis too much–but I do miss being in school.

I miss learning and studying. I miss buying school supplies and feeling nervous before that first day of class.

I miss those late nights in the library, practically drowning myself with caffeine during finals week with my roommates, and I even miss feeling so frustrated to the point of tears with an assignment.

I know–sounds a little crazy, right?

But I’ve always liked school. And it’s very strange to not be going back as a student.

I have my Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis–a major in International Relations and a minor in French.

And at the time of graduation, I thought that would be enough.

But it’s not.

I’m not done learning yet. Not that I think anyone ever really stops learning–but I’m not formally learning.

It’s a bit scary actually typing it out on here and revealing this to you, but I want to get my Masters in Journalism (well right now it’s Journalism–who knows maybe it will change, though I do want to get my Masters in something).

I’m not sure when it will happen, and I’m still researching how exactly I’m going to go about it, but I know it’s something that I want.

I want to learn and I want to write, and one day, I want to get paid for doing it!

A Master’s Degree is something I’ll have to pay for on my own (and the fact that I still want to go ahead with it only confirms that getting my Masters is something I really want to do) so it will definitely be some time before I actually go ahead and pursue it.

Getting a Masters in the US is insanely expensive, but getting a Masters Degree in France? Not so bad.

I’ve actually found some bilingual Masters journalism programs around France–English and French journalism courses! I was amazed. But the fact that it includes French means that I’ll want to be confident in my French speaking and writing abilities before I go ahead and apply for any programs.

I guess my point is I’m not done with school!

I don’t know when I’ll be going back, but I do know that I want to.



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