Make it Happen Monday! #9: France Edition

Monday, September 8, 2014

I wasn't planning on writing a post this week, as it's already 9:00pm (probably later by the time I actually hit publish) in France, but I was inspired to because today was my first day of classes, and you know I love to make goals. So, I present, my 9th installment of Make it Happen Monday, as part of the Weekly Wishes Link-Up on The Nectar Collective! 

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My last Make It Happen Monday was 2 weeks ago, so here's an update about those things:

1. Plan out posts for the days I'm in Paris.
I ended up not really having to do this, as I just posted from Caen once I got here.

2. Come up with an editorial calendar for September.
Ah, yes. Editorial calendar... check back next week on that one. 

3. Go to the bank - and call them so they don't freeze my account.
I may or may not have called them 10 minutes before boarding the plane to Paris in Washington DC... but nevertheless I accomplished it!

4. Have frozen yogurt with my little sis who lands in Denver the day before I leave! 
Unfortunately, her flight was delayed so that didn't happen. :( But we will be reunited soon enough, and then we can have all of the froyo in the world! 

5.  PACK. 
Done. Obvs. 

This Week:
1. Make an editorial calendar for September. 
I need to have a schedule to stick to, especially with my posts not only for this blog, but also for the API Blog and the DUSA (DU Study Abroad) Blog, and some other publications I am contributing to. Also, I just need to find a place to print out a monthly calendar because I was a dummy and didn't bring my American planner (and I cannot for the life of me find a planner here in Caen that has a monthly layout! It's infuriating). 

2. Finish all my homework! 
I already have homework. Not a lot, but it's grammar homework which I don't want to do. I'm sure I will get other homework too, and I really need to actually do my homework. It's just too tempting to try and walk around and explore Caen.

3. Find a backpack. 
I love my tote bags, and I'm usually morally opposed to backpacks when traveling because I think they're ugly and make you look like a tourist... but I need one. I had so much crap in my bag today... it would be so much easier to use a backpack. I just want to find a cute European-looking one (I'm not sure what that means, but if I find it I'll know!). 

4. Visit the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, and plan a visit to Monet's house. 
This past weekend, I went to the Mémorial de Caen, and it was absolutely breathtaking. It was heavy, intense, sad, and painstakingly researched, meticulously explained, and entirely emotionally draining. But it was amazing. I am going to write a post just about that museum, so definitely keep a lookout. 

Anyways, this weekend I want to visit the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which are both in the Chateau de Guillame (William the Conquerer). I walk through the chateau every day on my way to class, and I always think about just visiting the museums. This weekend seems like as good a weekend as any!

5. Go back to the adorable café/teahouse/book heaven and remember the name of it. 
The resident director for the API Program here in Caen took us to the big market on Friday, and on the way we passed this little bookstore on the corner of this super tiny street, and she pointed out and said it was a great place to do homework. Naturally, we went back and it was AMAZING. I do not remember the name of it, but I want to go back so bad and try the Sakura tea. I had earl grey, and it was heavenly (and only like, 3 euros for a whole pot of really nice, fine tea which is an AWESOME deal). 

This Semester, my Academic Goals:
So, I know I have written a lot about my study abroad experience and what I would like to get out of that... but I thought I would talk about the actual studying part a bit more. I have had to readjust my goals for this semester already, and it's only the first day! So, I give you the goals I have for this semester, as part of my studying during studying abroad.

1. Do not put pressure on myself to get As.
For whatever reason, one night over dinner in Paris we were talking about the grades we get in school, and being the over-achieving person I am noted that I really want to get As here in France. My resident director kind of chuckled and then explained how French grading worked. Long story short - I probably won't be getting As. Seriously, the whole grading system warrants its own post.

2. Spend at least 10 minutes every night reviewing grammar.
I only have grammar as a class twice a week, but my grammar needs some serious work.

3. Give myself alone time. 
Being the introvert I am, I can get really tired and crabby if I'm around people too long. I need to do better at taking care of myself and being okay to do things alone if I feel like I need to.

4. Do things besides school. 
I have this bad habit of only doing things for school. Only reading for school, only writing for school, only thinking about school. I am in freaking Europe. I need to do things besides school! Although Studying is part of Studying Abroad... I need to remember the part where I'm abroad. 

5. Read an entire French novel in French. 
I do have a literature class, so hopefully this won't be too hard. I just really want to say that I read a French classic in French. How cool will that be? 

Wow, that was a long post. Anyways, what do you have to accomplish this week? Let me know in the comments or by email, and we can link up and make a blogger support network! 

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