Hi there! I’ve been posting a lot of pictures since I’ve been back in Paris, and I thought it was time for my first text post of the semester. I arrived in Paris a little less than a month ago, and immediately I noticed that this semester feels worlds different than last semester. At this point last semester, I was feeling very stressed about getting everything set up in Paris- like my bank account, my metro pass, my cell phone etc. etc. And even when I got all of that stuff figured out and in order, I still didn’t feel settled at all in Paris. However, when I got here this semester, it was so comforting to know that I had already done everything I needed to do to get settled. I had established a good routine by the end of last semester, and I’ve found it’s been very easy to slip right back into it.
Overall, I am just enjoying myself a lot more. I feel like I am experiencing more of Paris (or trying to, at least). One of my goals for this semester was to go to more cultural things in Paris, to experience more than just the Parisian nightlife. It’s started out well, for example, I went to an incredible exposition at Grand Palais yesterday with two girlfriends (pictures posted below). Tomorrow, I am going to Musée Carnavalet, which is a museum on the history of Paris. I think these expositions and museums are a great way to get to know the cultural side of the city that I have been living in for almost 6 months now.
On another note, I came to the realization this week that I am feeling very happy with my life here. I know that at the end of last semester I said that I felt really adjusted and settled, but how I am feeling now goes a step beyond that. I am really happy with the group of friends that I have, I am enjoying my classes a lot more, and truly feel like Paris is my home. I think I have finally found that feeling that I was searching for last semester.
One of my major goals for this year was to not worry so much and to just have fun. AKA, I wanted to work on decreasing my anxiety levels. As the text posts from September through November indicate, towards the beginning of the Fall semester my anxiety was at an all time high. While I won’t say that I have zero anxiety now, because that is not true, it feels significantly decreased, and I do not believe it is holding me back from enjoying myself anymore.
I am so glad that I have finally reached this point in my study abroad experience, and I can say now that it was definitely worth the wait. I also think I learned a lot about myself along the way. I am extremely confident that this semester will only continue in an upward direction and I am so excited to see what lies ahead. For example, I have a trip planned in two weeks to Venice, Florence, and Tromso (Norway) for Spring Break! I know without a doubt that it will be an incredible and unforgettable week.
That’s all for now, à bientôt !