The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*

*For my specific préfecture in my specific situation in June/July of 2017. This always bears repeating, but any list of required documents you find on the internet regarding your visa situation even if you find it on the government's website is just a list on the internet. I recommend always, always going in person to your préfecture… Continue reading The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*


Mornings at the Préfecture 

This is a lot harder to do when I actually have a job. Two years ago, I had time to waste an entire day sitting in various chairs, waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn.  This year, I'm writing this post from outside the préfecture, where I've been waiting for about an hour. Let… Continue reading Mornings at the Préfecture 

Challenges, Life in Paris

Perfect vs Good in Practice

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Whether it was Confucius or Voltaire, it's good advice and I'm trying to live it this week. I was on the train this morning, jammed into the car and 10 minutes late, and I truly felt like a mess. My hair was flatter than normal… Continue reading Perfect vs Good in Practice

Life in Paris, Relationships

Listening :

Some reflections on language and listening. In thinking about how difficult it can be to speak French, especially in a complex, professional context, I rarely spend enough time thinking about the necessity and utility of listening. As often happens when listening to a French conversation, it is imperative that I am always thinking ahead to… Continue reading Listening :

Life in Paris, Schedule Series

Routine Rundown

I'm thinking about how quickly I used to get out the door in high school. On mornings when I didn't wash my hair, I could go from sleeping to riding in the car on the way to the Park and Ride in just 17 minutes. As my parents can attest, I didn't always get out… Continue reading Routine Rundown


Values and Visions

I'm reflecting on what is really important to me. As part of my internship, I sit in on career counselling appointments. A question often posted to the clients by my supervisor is, "What are you values?" Such a simple question inspires so much reflection and contemplation in the clients, and the moment that this question is… Continue reading Values and Visions

Life in Paris

Spinning Plates

It's the start of exam week here on the blog. I'm going to be slightly less prolific this week as I direct the bulk of my energy towards passing my exams and turning in term papers. Here is a short list of the things that I'm currently juggling. School - three exams, two paper. My thesis… Continue reading Spinning Plates

Consumption, Life in Paris, Reflection

My Essentials : A Filofax

“I’m late because of who I am as a person” One of my favourites quotes is also something I’m trying to engineer out of my life. I was scheduled almost down to the minute while living in the US, and especially while balancing school, work, leadership positions and memberships in clubs, volunteering, and friendships. France… Continue reading My Essentials : A Filofax