As graduation and becoming a real person loomed ahead of me senior year of college, I decided I wasn’t quite ready to settle down in an office chair that either is too low to the ground to be able to do anything important – such as using an entire pad of sticky notes to perfect my faulty signature – like a functioning adult or too high up so that your knees are above the keyboard, which we all know is a curse sent from the devil himself. So, I decided to put all the time I’ve spent and the money my parents have spent fueling my French studies to good use and applied and was accepted into the TAPIF – Teaching Assistant Program in France. I’ll be living in Lille and teaching English at two middle schools. I’m sure it won’t be a piece of cake. For one thing, they don’t really sell that much cake in France (why did I choose this country again?). But that’s why I created this blog, to complain about the hard stuff and share my successes (such as getting a classroom full of 12 year olds to be quiet for more than 12 seconds) with whoever has the (mis)fortune of stumbling upon this treasure trove of parentheses (disclaimer: I’ve already proclaimed it to be year of the parenthesis and I’m sticking to my guns).