So, I’m now two weeks in to German training at FSI and so far so good. My teacher is great, my German’s slowly coming back a bit, and I’m getting back in to the swing of FSI language training. I’m learning vocabulary related to the impact of social media on society, elections in Israel, the Greek economic situation, and other such things that one doesn’t spend much time learning when one is a high school exchange student in Germany. There’s also the whole FSI language test format to remember, so I’m also getting practice interviewing a native speaker, preparing 3-minute speeches on policy-related issues, etc. I still have quite a way to go, but I can feel things coming back and am getting in to the swing of things.
I’m getting more and more excited about getting to Frankfurt. I need to do more here, like going through my belongings and donating stuff I don’t need any more, throwing some stuff out, and eventually organizing what will come to post with me and what will go to storage. But, it’s definitely getting a lot more real and I’m really excited about it!
On Friday, I officially graduated from the FSI Economic Studies Course! Woot! It was a lot of work, made somewhat harder by missing two weeks when Dad passed away and then not being 100% when I came back, but I made it through. Though, I’m not entirely sure that it counts since we didn’t actually get to see the gold at the Federal Reserve when we went to New York. 😉 Our last week of class had the excitement of a snow day, and cramming all 20 of our capstone presentations in to one day instead of the two they’d had scheduled. It was hectic, especially since I had to go a day earlier than planned, but at the same time, there wasn’t as much time for tough questions. Fortunately, though, all’s well that ends well and the snow is now melting and the next week or so should be warmer.
On Monday, I will start German classes at FSI. I’m looking forward to using my brain a bit differently and I think that getting in to German classes will also help make my assignment to Frankfurt feel a bit more real. I’ve been so focused on getting through the Econ Studies Course that I haven’t had too much time to focus on the excitement that will be my move to Frankfurt in June. I need to sit down with the departure checklist, an arrival checklist for Frankfurt, etc. and start making a list of what I need to do and deadlines for things that have them, like getting the Diplocat’s paperwork in order, etc.
So, that’s the news here. I hope all is well out in the blogosphere! I’ll leave you with this video from Carly Rae Jepsen (I saw her perform on Canada Day in Ottawa in 2013, btw) that cracks me up. I mean, Tom Hanks lip syncing to a pop song. What’s not to like?
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