Au Revoir!

I’m finally in Texas spending my last few days with family before I leave Friday for France! Last week, I finally received my class schedule and my host family’s address and name. I had a minor freak out when I couldn’t find their address on Google Maps, but this was user error due to the way french addresses are structured. (So different!). I’m pretty nervous about my classes and being able to keep up. Since I haven’t taken a French class in a year, I’m worried they’ll be too difficult and I’ll need to adjust my schedule when I get there. Fingers-crossed that won’t be the case. During the past week, my emotions have been all over the place. I shift between denial, anxiety, and excitement for what’s to come. I already know I’m going to be homesick the first few weeks, but as long as I can make it through that I’ll be a-ok! The closer it gets, the more real it feels. I’m not ready to leave Austin, all my cats, and my favorite foods behind, but I know in the end it will be worth it (that’s what I keep telling myself)! But because I always have the best luck, it looks like I’ll be leaving for France this Friday without a bank account! What? Yes. I visited Charles Schwab on my last stop before leaving Oklahoma, only to be told that my account had been labelled “Restricted” and closed. This was right after I closed my other bank account. So essentially, all my money is in cashier’s checks right now until I can find a new bank account. After checking Equifax last night, there seems to be an error on my credit report, but since I’m leaving Friday there’s no way for me to get a card before then. My mom will have to ship it to me in France. Oh la la.  Just a little more packing (mostly consolidating) to do, and I’ll be ready for France! *Update: I now have a bank account, but still won’t have a card before I leave. If there was ever a glaring reminder to myself not to procrastinate, it would be this. 

I’m finally in Texas spending my last few days with family before I leave Friday for France!

Last week, I finally received my class schedule and my host family’s address and name. I had a minor freak out when I couldn’t find their address on Google Maps, but this was user error due to the way french addresses are structured. (So different!). I’m pretty nervous about my classes and being able to keep up. Since I haven’t taken a French class in a year, I’m worried they’ll be too difficult and I’ll need to adjust my schedule when I get there. Fingers-crossed that won’t be the case.

During the past week, my emotions have been all over the place. I shift between denial, anxiety, and excitement for what’s to come. I already know I’m going to be homesick the first few weeks, but as long as I can make it through that I’ll be a-ok! The closer it gets, the more real it feels. I’m not ready to leave Austin, all my cats, and my favorite foods behind, but I know in the end it will be worth it (that’s what I keep telling myself)!

But because I always have the best luck, it looks like I’ll be leaving for France this Friday without a bank account! What? Yes. I visited Charles Schwab on my last stop before leaving Oklahoma, only to be told that my account had been labelled “Restricted” and closed. This was right after I closed my other bank account. So essentially, all my money is in cashier’s checks right now until I can find a new bank account. After checking Equifax last night, there seems to be an error on my credit report, but since I’m leaving Friday there’s no way for me to get a card before then. My mom will have to ship it to me in France. Oh la la. 

Just a little more packing (mostly consolidating) to do, and I’ll be ready for France!

*Update: I now have a bank account, but still won’t have a card before I leave. If there was ever a glaring reminder to myself not to procrastinate, it would be this. 

Regan Shorter

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Regan is a freelance photographer and travel blogger.