Monday, August 9, 2010

Info. (t-minus 3 weeks)

Hooray! :D I finally know a thing or two about my host family, my town, and my school.
So, there aren't any kids at home, but they have two grown children, and the family just seems really great. :) They live in the cute little town of Pont Péan, France (near Rennes), and I'll be going to Lycée Anita Conti, which seems really nice.  I have no idea what classes I'll be taking or anything, but I'm sure it'll be fun. :)
As for what life will be like, from what I've gathered, I'll be walking to school (about 10 minutes away, I think). And it doesn't really snow there, so I don't have to worry about crazy -20 degree winter weather (not until I get home, anyway). I also know that they do some awesome gardening, so I'm pretty excited for that. Nothing green ever lives longer than a week at our house...
Besides doing some serious digging in my AFS sutff to get all that info, I've been trying to prepare my french as well. Mostly this training consists of watching Enchanted in French over and over, and sometimes listening to french songs. :) It's pretty fun.

I also just realized that I'm supposed to use my first real post to tell about myself and why I wanted to go on an exchange.
So...
I'm 17, and Eagle River, Alaska is my home. I'm kind of a bookworm, but I do love the outdoors, especially in AK. I'm not so much into long camping trips and shooting things and spending long periods of time swarmed by bugs, but i do enjoy nice hikes and bikes and things. It doesn't always work out, because I'm kind of clumsy, but I still think it's pretty fun. :)
I wanted to go to France because for the three years I've taken french, I've absolutely loved it, because I wanted to experience a different culture (all of my siblings went to some of their secondary school in Asia), and, of course, because of the pastries. ;)  I heard about AFS at school through a presentation in my french class, and after hosting two girls (one from Japan and one from Thailand), I decided it was my time. So after completing an excruciating amount of paperwork, I was accepted and on my way. I now have three weeks left until I leave... It's crazy.
 As for what I expect from/want to get out of my AFS experience, I'm going to be making some serious efforts to be more outgoing and confident. I'm pretty good at hiding in my shell, but I'm starting to do better at breaking out of it. I'm also going to be working towards fluency. I'll only be there 5 months, but with my three years of preparation, I think I can do it. :) Optimism is key!

I'll update with some pictures and things whenever I get them. I'm so excited! :D
à bientôt,

-Katie

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