I actually got this email on Friday, but was waiting until I excitedly could tell my French professors and other people in person before I officially blogged about it. But yes, as the title of this post says, I was accepted into TAPIF! When I saw the email in my inbox, my hands shot to my mouth and I internally screamed before getting so excited that I promptly bumped my knee into my desk. (Luckily, it was the sliding keyboard part, so no bruises occurred.)
I’ll be helping at the secondary level—either at a middle or high school—somewhere in the Académie d’Amiens, a little department north of Paris and close to England and Belgium. The region is tiny and rainy, a lot different from large, sunny Nice. I’m excited for the change (even if my hair probably isn’t) because it means that I’ll get to see more of France—especially since I spent most of my time in the south while studying abroad.
Fortunately, the email came in the late afternoon, because I immediately lost all interest in anything remotely academic. Instead, I spent the rest of the day Googling information about Amiens, drinking in facts and potentially crying over pictures of rural Picardie. More information will slowly trickle in over the summer, and when it does, I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted!