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You are receiving this e-mail because you have been CONDITIONALLY NOMINATED to study on exchange to the EDHEC Business School for the 2014 fall/winter academic terms.

First of all, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Second of all, wow.

I was having such an ordinary Tuesday afternoon when I received my nomination email. I can't remember exactly, but it was probably along the lines of refreshing avenuetolearn, trying to focus on a chapter of my finance textbook and skipping songs on itunes. I wasn't expecting a response regarding my application until 5-10 days from now and so it came as a complete shock. I thought it was just another email outlining reminders or notices or something and I had to read those words a couple times over to fully grasp what i'd just been sent. I am so happy! I instantly called Daniel and told my wonderful friends (all of which will hopefully receive their own nominations any day now!) and they were so happy for me it truly made the news even better. Being me, I was still sort of controlled at first, thinking this is still conditional, the french university still needs to accept me and my average needs to be maintained and it's not 100% yet so don't get too exited. However, talking to these lovely, amazing people was sort of a wake up call, as in HELLO! This is GREAT news. Go ahead and squeal a little. And I did. 

I got the news early afternoon and so I spoke to my parents later on when they were off work and they were just as happy and excited for me. They probably know more than anyone how long I've wanted this and how it's something that's been on my mind since grade nine,where I made sure I pursued french all 4 years to be qualified to take french in university and then only applying to universities who had french minors and exchanges to France available with a commerce program. I've tried my best to steer my path to this moment and I'm finally almost there. It's absolutely thrilling. I think it's safe to say I day dream of ma vie en France at least 5 times a day. It's always in the back of my mind somehow, and I just want it so badly. It's my biggest, and #1 goal in life at this point. Everything else I will figure out after I am cultured and fluent in French. Oui Oui. 

Did I mention it will be for 8 months? Because I can't wait. I can't wait for the challenge, independence, adventure and experiences that it will bring. I'm 20 and I feel like more than ever, THIS is the best time to be doing this. I'm young and itching to explore. THIS IS 5 MONTHS FROM NOW. I feel like I should maybe be looking at housing and ah, so many things. I've already spent so much time on google street view exploring the streets near my school that i'll probably know my way before I even set my feet in the country. It's actually located in Roubaix, which is a city 15 mins from Lille and it looks like a cute little town and is incredibly close to Belgium. I'm so excited, Belgium was one of my favorite places to visit during my high school Europe trip and i'm stoked to spend more time in Brussels and see what else that beautiful country has to offer. To see what so many countries have to offer. I can't wait to travel and make new friends. I think I could probably make this a 10,000 word rant essay but I'm going to leave it at this. 

My anxious feelings have been substantially minimized and I'm looking forward to how things unfold from here. I plan on keeping this blog steadily updated throughout my journey, so stay tuned and follow my blog! 

                                                                                         à bientôt!

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