Contrôle Continu

Assessment. Not a word that I welcome with open arms, nor one I appreciate being a factor of my life à Paris. Unfortunately, there is an academic requirement to this time abroad that cannot be ignored, however hard we try, given it contributes a percentage to our overall degree qualifications. During my second year in Birmingham, it [...]

Homestretch

The final few weeks at Diderot and in Paris are before me. I had lots of people ask me over Easter whether I completely hate Paris itself, and I've realised perhaps I have been too harsh in my critique so far. In truth, my remaining time is a tantalising countdown to when I can say goodbye [...]

Is it just the accent?

I have never understood how exactly my confidence in French can vary within a short time-frame. I don’t feel the same on a Monday morning about life in Paris as I do by Friday afternoon.  Certainly, if a lecture is that bad, I don’t feel the same about my French capacities after 3 hours of [...]

Tipping point

Reaching the first 100 days of living and studying in Paris felt like a sizeable achievement. I congratulated myself on surviving and (to some extent) thriving within an environment that initially filled me with so much fear. This week marks a slightly gloomier outlook; less than 100 days remain in Paris. In all honesty, I'm not [...]

The Ultimate Erasmus Survival Guide: What doesn’t kill you…

...Makes for a really funny story and some great character building, right? Life as an Erasmus student in Paris flying by and it's time to face some facts of how different the reality is to my expectations. Here's a not so brief explanation of what I wish I knew before I started. Feel free to [...]