Some Reflections As I Reach The Three Month Mark

I’ve been here three months now, which is pretty crazy. Three whole months, as in a quarter of a year. It certainly doesn’t feel like that long. Well, I guess in ways it does, but in others it feels like last week I had my farewell party, said goodbye to everyone, hopped on that plane…
I’m over the halfway mark now with only two and a bit months to go until I come home. I’m so excited to come home, but I’m starting to realise just how much I’m going to miss it here. While I won’t miss it all (six thirty wake ups I’m looking at you), I’ll miss the people, the food (well, some of it), the opportunities, the country in general…I really have been having a crazy time over here.
My French is continuing to improve, even if it is super slowly. I’ve realised my ‘two years’ of French in Australia (correspondance and half a year of an actual class that was really my first actual learning) don’t really correspond to much over here, and I’ve basically had to learn from scratch. I’ve found I’m now understanding almost everything that is said to me and I’m slowly beginning to be able to speak back to them in French. I don’t actually have any many friends who are actually French, but I guess that’s not the end of the world.
What the last three months have taught me more than anything is that you learn and grow from every experience, even if it’s not necessarily positive or exactly how you imagined it would be. Exchange is not the perfect experience the glossy brochures make it out to be, but it’s still an experience that I will never forget. It has, and will continue, to help me to grow and make me a better person. Help prepare me for the rest of my life. As I mentioned in an earlier post, while my life would have been amazing and awesome if I’d taken the easy way out and gone to America, I really don’t think I would have learnt so much and developed so much as a person.
When I arrive home (I leave here on the 28th of January) I truly believe I will be a different person. A more accepting and patient person. A person who won’t  take her intellect for granted ever again. A person who will appreciate her friends and family on a completely new level.
I’m going to spend the next two and a half months soaking up France (language, I’m looking at you) while I still can, making the most of my friends before I have to say goodbye to them perhaps forever, eating crêpes before they become a rare treat. It’s all downhill from here, so I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride.

frangipani princess xoxo

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