Hello to the online world, my name is Maddi and I am Ermitage’s newest Gap student, all the way from Australia. This is my first ever attempt at a blog so bear with me!
As I stepped off the plane onto French soil I was hit with a wave of excitement. After so many months planning and saving I had finally arrived, it really was a pinch yourself moment! I was met by the two very friendly faces of Katrina and Jerome, relieved that I hadn’t got lost. My first afternoon in Maisons-Laffitte is a little blurry, I’m quite certain due the overnight flight. Katrina took me down to the town centre where we sat back and enjoyed a coffee in the sun, pure bliss. When meeting your roommate for the first time, with absolutely no idea who they’re or where they are from, it’s natural to be a little nervous. After one afternoon with Katrina I realised how lucky I was. I love that our lives are so similar, despite growing up on opposite sides of the world.
My first week at Ermitage really was overwhelming but in the best way possible. Part of my reasoning for taking a Gap year was to experience a life, a culture, completely different to that of my own. Wow have I landed on my feet here at Ermitage?! Being an international school the people I have met are extraordinary. Staff and students that have lived, worked, studied and travelled all over the world. The diversity of the school really is something special to be apart of, never before have I lived with such an international group of people.
Many of the staff and students made my first week at the school as settling as possible. I was greeted by so many friendly faces who were kind enough to help me ease into Ermitage’s day to day life.
At first I found the language barrier a very daunting factor, whilst i've come to realise that English is more prominent here at the school, I hope to at least pick up some French during my stay. So please help me out, force me to speak French when I am around you!
Although my time here at Ermitage is limited, I can tell I'm going to get so much out of it. Ermitage is a special place, not only does it offer a French experience, it also offers an international experience and the language that comes with it. I am super excited to meet more and more people, help in various areas of the school, learn some French and so much more. Personally, I think throwing yourself into a different culture is such a great way to gain independence, develop understanding and find out more about yourself and what makes you tic. Aswell as gaining skills, work experience and a better understanding of travel. Over the next six weeks, I’m ready to open my eyes to a whole new world, so make sure if you haven’t already, come introduce yourself!
on Tuesday October 15, 2013