|Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM|
We started our main subjects this week (after mainly introductions last week) – and, thankfully we have slightly shorter days, which is a relief as I’m not sure we could have all kept up the pace of the first week although obviously this is where the real work starts...! We have constitutional law with (Mme. Benetti) on Mondays, European Union Law (Mme. Pingel) Tuesday. Wednesday we then have French in the morning followed by Company Law (M. Lecourt). Thursday and Friday sees Contract Law (M. Heymann), Administration Law (M. Soldini) and then Civil Responsibility (M. Sindres). I find the classes get more and more demanding as the week progresses – and come Friday last week my confidence was pretty much shot… That said, it’s onwards and upwards! We have plenty of work to do and various talks in front of the class to prepare for in the coming weeks so I can’t be moping around or stressing about it!
With regard to the internships I am hoping that we will get to speak to the Director of the program and thereafter send out our CVs really soon and certainly by the end of the week. I had an email this week requesting my details for consideration and I don’t want to keep anyone waiting. We are also still waiting for our student cards which will enable us to use the student facilities (library, printers… and get a discount of the metro!) so we are all hoping that those will materialise soon too.
This weekend was the weekend of ‘Patrimoine’ – that is when various buildings and places of cultural interest are open to the public (usually for free). For example, the Sénat (the upper house of the French Parliament) which is located in Jardin du Luxembourg (at the end of my road) was open and I could have visited it for free…… however, I spent all weekend with my head in my books (mainly the dictionary…). I will make sure I do all the sights when I can though and perhaps the sightseeing is more suited for when I have people over to show around anyway. Meghan and I visited the Jardin on Sunday however and sat in the sun with a cold drink chatting for an hour or so; it was a gloriously sunny day and I bought a Nutella Crepe on the way home oops. The place was packed. I feel so lucky that I am in the best area of the city, the views and places of importance (and all the pretty buildings…) are right outside! Some of the gang went out on the weekend but I decided to stay at home so I could get some much needed rest - it was therefore a fairly uneventful week in terms of socilising and living the high life (!) but exactly what I needed.
So that’s the end of week two. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve been here for ages – especially as I have not seen our new house in the UK yet! I don’t think I’ll get home before November at the earliest – and maybe not until Christmas, but Adam will be popping over soon for a couple of days and so I am really looking forward to that! It has been weeks since we saw each other as he was away for 3 weeks before I came out here.
Have a great week everyone and I'll update you again soon.