Wow, uh, huh. So that happened. I’ve been back a week tonight, sorry for not checking in before I left so that I could have a more awesome check in around now. Life kind of sneaks up in unusual ways and the last few weeks were pretty ultimate. I’m really way too lazy to upload some of my final snapshots, from Cirque du Soleil and whatnot, but maybe I will later, you never know.
I’ve been thinking about this blog entry for awhile, and I haven’t been feeling well since I got back so it took me a week to motivate myself. On the bright side, I’m getting this done before my birthday on Saturday because after that I probably wouldn’t care enough to write anymore.
I think, the important thing to remember with a trip like this, is that you should be honest with yourself. Don’t try to overestimate or underestimate your abilities. Before I really go into what will be a long post if I don’t get bored, I want to thank everyone that helped me throughout this process, which has been a long one. I’ve been planning the trip for most of the year and then went through it. Thanks to Rachael Vause first and foremost for helping me out so much! To UArts for the opportunity. To my parents for supporting me, and to my cat for still loving me now that I’m home.
The problem with this post is I think that I tried to write too much of it in my head without having written any of it. You really learn a lot about yourself and the way you want to live, and then when you get home from something like that… well everything else seems a little different as well. Nothing is quite the same and the rest of the world has gone on without you and you are left to catch up. It’s scary. I think it is almost as difficult to handle as the initial part of the trip itself, but it is also what makes the entire thing worthwhile. The ability to cope with all of these things comes with the experience that you gain and despite it being overwhelming everything looks a little bit easier to handle. It is all about perspective.
As for the trip itself (which reminds me, thank you to everyone at Parsons as well), it was unforgettable. It was difficult, and rough, but everything was worth it and I don’t regret anything. Parsons Paris is an absolutely wonderful and charming school. The work is hard but there is a close knit community and a ton of people willing to help you. Not to mention, for all your hard work you come out with some GREAT portfolio pieces. I’ll probably have another post encasing all of my work. Everyone is kind and helpful and wants you to succeed. Paris itself is a beautiful vibrant city, although absolutely insanely expensive. I really hope that more students will try to embark on the journey I went through because it is definitely awesome and everything everyone says it will be.
I will miss working in the dorms, learning a new language, hanging out by famous buildings, and all the people that I met. If any of you are reading this, please please please keep in touch. I guess that’s all I have to say… if I come up with more I’ll put it in my image post in a little while.
Peace out, happy holidays.