This is always the most awkward of posts I find. As I discuss in my ‘Who I Am‘ post, there are many things that contribute to me. How can I – how can anyone – pick just a few things to sum them up?
I will try, though. Here are a few things about me. My name is Amory. I am 24 with a degree in Political Science and French. I expect I will one day go back to get yet another degree, as I love to learn, but that day has not yet arrived.
I also love to travel and explore the world. On two separate occasions, I have moved abroad – once to Paris for a year of study, and once to Aix-en-Provence (in Southern France) for a year of teaching English. (I am currently living in the Netherlands until the end of my visa period, exploring those paths which may grant me another year of living in Europe). Initially, the aim of this blog was to document my year of teaching and traveling abroad, to provide a resource for future English teaching assistants, and to keep family and friends in the States updated on my life, experiences, and adventures. The idea behind the original name of the blog (teaching wandering learning wondering) was the four aspects that I felt best encompassed the aim of the year. Through my experiences teaching other I, too, would learn (as I often tell my students) and through my wanderings of Europe I would come to question and wonder more. Thus, each aspect is connected and leads to one another.
Finally, I love to write. I love to express my ideas, share my thoughts, and create new worlds with only my pen and paper. In addition to documenting my year, it was also this yearning to write again that spurred the creation of this blog. Lacking inspiration, I searched for something new to encourage me to continue writing, and this blog has certainly done that. My passion for writing has also transformed the blog as I began to fill it with additional thoughts and ramblings, some that did not necessarily relate to my life abroad. As I change the blog to better encompass all it has come to be over the year (and all I hope it will be in the future) I hope also to one day share some of my original, creative pieces here.
a BLANK page is more than just my page (a little play on words for those who know me personally). As a writer blank pages have at times been the most intimidating, frustrating, hopeless sight. On other occasions, however, it can represent countless possibilities, new worlds, people, ideas to create and share with others. This blog, this blank page, I hope to fill with all of these to share with you.
I decided to keep me original About Me entry to better document the progression of the page. So if you’re interested feel free to read on.
So, for those of you who don’t know, my name is Amory. During my junior year of university, I studied for ten months in Paris. Having loved living in France, and not ready to join the actual, real, real world yet upon graduation, I decided to come back to France.
I applied for the TAPIF program, which stands for Teaching Assistant Program in France. I am now living in a ‘small’ (by American standards at least) town in the south of France, Aix-en-Provence. Three days a week I go to one of three schools I have been assigned to in an even smaller town about 30 minutes north of here. At each school, I have several classes of French students that I am in charge of teaching for an hour each. (Why they call us assistants I don’t know, I’m pretty much in charge of the whole oral curriculum for each class).
Anyway, back on topic. I created this blog for a few reasons.
One : So that I could both keep my friends and family back home updated on my life. My trials, my travels, my adventures. (Maybe this way I won’t be writing out the same texts about where I went for vacation, or how terrible my day was for ten different people. Probably will still be doing that though. Oh well).
Two : So that perhaps it could serve as a resource for future teaching assistants on the program. So they could get an idea of what it is like to be a language assistant in France. Both the difficult and frustrating experiences and the rewarding ones, so that they may be just a little more prepared for what awaits them when it is their turn.
Third : … Well, why not? A little more complicated than that I guess. I love writing actually, usually fiction though. Unfortunately, I have had a bit of a writers block lately. This seemed like a good way to keep “those creative juices flowing” as they say, and hopefully, by simply keeping writing, my inspiration for my latest project (or for a new one even!) will return to me. Maybe you’ll even get some sneak peeks should that happen!
So, whether you love or hate it, thanks for visiting the blog. Feel free to tell me what you think (nicely of course), or leave some tips (love travel ones especially. And anything to help survive the french administrative system helps!) And hopefully, you’ll come back and follow me and my journeys of the year!