The Week I Had to Fake Speaking French

Day 115

Well, this has been a relatively tame week. Easter holidays are officially over so there’s activity back on campus. Between a few review classes and one exam, I spent more time on campus this week than I have in a long time.

THURSDAY, STRATFORD Starting the long haul of getting back into research and writing mode. Without close deadlines, I suck at getting work done. But somehow, I was super productive today. It was a nice surprise. 

WEDNESDAY, STRAND CAMPUS Had my French-speaking exam today. It actually went better than I thought it might. Although I have no benchmark to judge my performance off of so I have no idea what to expect in terms of a grade. I’m just extremely happy that it’s all over. To treat myself, I went and got myself a bucket of wings. I’m just glad I’m back to writing papers in the next couple of days.

 TUESDAY, WATERLOO CAMPUS Well I got up intending to do a lot of studying today for my French-speaking exam tomorrow. But knowing my life, that would not go as planned. What I did not expect was to find myself locked in a stairwell for an hour. Let me explain. While I was looking for an empty classroom to study in, I stumbled into a staircase and heard a click behind me. Knowing I was in a tough spot I did the only thing I could, I sat there and hoped someone would find me. Thankfully about an hour after I got stuck, a security guard on his rounds thankfully rescued me. He then pointed to the clearly marked signs saying not to use the stairwell I found myself in. So yeah, studying didn’t really happen all that much.

 MONDAY, STRAND CAMPUS Went to campus today for the first time in what seems like years. Easter vacation is official over. So, I showed up to two revision sessions like the good student I should be. The first one for my war in the international order class was actually pretty helpful. Turns out that political science exams are the same no matter what side of the Atlantic you’re on. My next session was in about three hours so I chilled in the city for a while. A few hours later I showed up to my French review session. It did not go well. Turns out having one class once a week and then not having it for a month is not conducive to learning a new language.

Compared to my recent weeks, this one was quiet. I’ve been surprisingly pretty busy doing boring work. Next week doesn’t look like it’ll be any different, just a lot more work. After this coming week, I get a bit of time off to explore London for a few more weeks and I’m really excited about some of the things I have planned. Well, I should get back to writing papers. I’ll see you next Sunday.

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