10 Differences Between Being a TAPIF Assistant and Lecteur d’anglais

Salut, tout le monde! Today marks the first official day of the TAPIF contract. Hundreds of assistant.es-- new and returning-- will be starting their seven-month stint of being a language assistant in France. Whether it's teaching in école primaire, collège, or lycée, hundreds of individuals from all over the world will experience a school year of instructing their respective … Continue reading 10 Differences Between Being a TAPIF Assistant and Lecteur d’anglais

26 Lessons I Learned in 26 Years

As the title shows, I turn 26 today. It might not mean too much for those who've been on this Earth longer than I have, but at least so far in my young life, it's a milestone that I've learned to cherish. I've survived another year *relatively* unscathed, and I'm gearing up for the next … Continue reading 26 Lessons I Learned in 26 Years

How I got my titre de séjour in France (story time)

Salut, tout le monde! It has been a long time coming, but as of yesterday, I *finally* received my titre de séjour! Also known as a residency card, it permits me to work in France, as well as to legally be in the country overall. Through much back-and-forth with the Prefecture (and countless headaches), I'm just glad … Continue reading How I got my titre de séjour in France (story time)

10 Reverse Culture Shocks I’ve Experienced in the U.S.

When it comes to the cultural differences between France and the U.S. (aka two countries which I've divided my time between for the last almost-four years), it's hard to believe that they can be so different while so similar at the same time. Visiting one or the other is one thing, but to live and adjust … Continue reading 10 Reverse Culture Shocks I’ve Experienced in the U.S.

Life Update #10: Returning to France (and *possible* final year?)

Salut! As you read from the title, I'm returning to France for the school year (yet again). I'll be teaching for a second year as a lectrice d'anglais in the Lyon region, and I'll be pretty much doing the same things I did this past year, e.g. working, traveling, meeting new people, seeing old friends, etc. I'll … Continue reading Life Update #10: Returning to France (and *possible* final year?)