In rereading my meager (in quantity, not substance) blog posts from earlier this January, I was reminded that I’d talked briefly about the fellowships/grants I had applied for for the upcoming academic year. I applied for three. Here are the results:
1. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Vietnam—
I was named a national finalist for the Fulbright, but did not become a recipient. What this means is that the national (U.S.) Fulbright committee liked me and recommended me to Vietnam. The Vietnamese committee didn’t choose me. So there you have it.
2. English Teaching Assistantship through Princeton in Asia (PiA)—
I was unofficially offered a post teaching English in Khon Kaen, Thailand (which I chronically misspell no matter how many times I type it). I say “unofficially” because I had several long phone conversations with the program representatives who told me they wanted to make me an offer if they were 100 percent sure I would accept it. I wasn’t 100 percent sure I would accept it (this all happened in early March and I hadn’t heard from Fulbright yet and wanted to wait with TAPIF as an assumed backup). So they never really, officially offered it to me.
3. English Teaching Assistantship through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)—
I got the TAPIF! I found out about it the day before I got the bad news from Fulbright. This was nice because when I got that rejection, I was still high off of the TAPIF acceptance and the whole having-something-to-do-after-graduating-from-a-liberal-arts-c0llege thing. So, I’m going to be teaching English to French students at the “primary school” level somewhere TBD in the region of Toulouse (in southwestern France) from October 2012 – April 2013. In France, “primary school” covers anything from age two through 10 (this is because France has these nifty, super organized/structured state-run preschools called maternelles). I’ll probably be spread across multiple schools in a district and teach various grade levels. Though I’m somewhat disappointed I won’t be having an eye-opening, redefine-yourself-amongst-alien-cultures-and-traditions kind of experience in Asia, I’m very excited to be going back to France for seven months. Here are a few reasons why:
- CHEESE—creamy, stinky, foreign (and without the import taxes!)
- Pain au chocolat aux amandes (my FAVORITE French pastry)
- Old buildings, especially cathedrals
- Markets, especially flea markets
- Speaking French with native speakers ALL THE TIME
- TRAVELING (I’ll only be working 12-15 hours a week)
Anyway, come October this summer musings/random ramblings blog will be shifted into life abroad/travel mode (but at the same time persisting with the musings/rambling). That’s why I’ve come up with some handy categories. You’ll find them along the top of the page and they’ll let you read things by theme/subject.