Premier isn't so different. These kids are 16 and choosing their career path. And with the French system, there isn't much turning back once that decision has been made.
I really have no idea what I want to do, and am slightly terrified by the idea of choosing something to do for the rest of my life. Surely, there are some French kids who feel the same way.
On Thursday, we took a field trip to a high school hosting a career day. Before leaving we got the list of all the subjects you can study and in what room they are held in. Although, this list really didn't apply to me (they are post Science bac options) I decided to play along. I highlighted
- Licence Langue Etrangers appliquees (Foreign language application license, with the idea of being an English teacher in France.)
- BTS Commerce International (international relations)
It was an hour and a half away, which made for a three hour bus ride...and endless views of cows and grass outside my window.
Once there, we were let off the bus with no instruction or direction. The other exchange student and I decided to find the foreign language room while our friends all headed for medical fields. After half an hour of knocking on doors, walking in circles, and taking pictures in the bathroom, we decided we were in the wrong building. Across the street we found our friends who had planned out their life, and our room.
I talked to a British professor who teaches English here. I inquired about how to teach in France. To sum it up, it would be complicated. I'm not sure what I want to do later on, but I am positive it will bring me back to France.