I came here with the idea that I would be settled in classes on a two day schedule and working in an office for the rest of the time. Things don’t always pan out like how I would have liked. The whole concept of finding a job hasn’t flown by my head, but rather, I’m sitting out of the search until after fashion week when my schedule will clear up. Giving it more thought, though, I’m realizing that perhaps I should simply wait the semester out.
Granted, I did manage to obtain my two-day schedule (excepting the addition of a Thursday morning class), but I underestimated the workload that I would be encountering. Reading plenty of texts is something that isn’t unfathomable to me, but then again, I haven’t done it all in French. As we’ve come to realize, I’m a French accident by major, as opposed to wish and desire; in which case, having to read seven novels and other texts in French poses a big challenge to me.
I can’t recall the last time when I’ve found myself rereading texts over and over again to ensure I comprehend and reading with dictionary at my side and pen in hand. Even in lectures, I seldom find myself writing down notes, but now it seems as though I’m scribbling down what is said so that I can later process everything (granted, I’ve taken French classes before, but art is so much easier, in my opinion, than literature and history).
Therefore, the extra energy that I would have found myself dedicating to office work, is being spent toward translating words and notes for my comprehension. While it is great to be working in a foreign country for experience, I have to find some semblance of balance so as not to overexert myself – even the Energizer bunny has its limits. Maybe we’ll try later when I get past these core literature/history courses and then opt for the electives next semester.