Taking Stock of My French Experience
I came into south east of France with a humble dream to make the best use of International exposure and equally take advantage of one of the best Grand Ecole Training out there (Currently Ranked 13th best master of management program by the financial times). Nine months into that remarkable dream, I am left with nothing but memories, appraisal and stock of my time here in Grenoble. Definitely, a lot has changed since I made that long journey across the Atlantic and said the longest goodbye of my life to family and friends. I am not the same man that left West Africa, Nigeria 286 days ago. Curious about was has changed? Join me!
You can’t put a price on the value of intercultural integration. It is an experience of a life time. Who better to know than me having been privileged to study in a class of 27 varying nationalities? Each nationality with a different song, joke, experience and perspective to bring to the table. Getting along with all these variations at times can be hard but the ensuing benefits outweigh the burden. Every night had a story to tell. Every drink shared had a crazy class experience and a nervy personal outburst on work load and assignments we had to cover. I have to admit, I came to France with the “wine and cheese stereotype” and a crazy expectation of a dynamic night life. Truth be told, I didn’t get a feel of the bursting night life and charismatic atmosphere I envisioned. Nevertheless, I will cherish the few good moments spent in the company of friends. Where Grenoble Failed, my short visit to Paris offered a more cheering and spontaneous atmosphere. France is not only about the wine and cheese; Mondays are also sacred days where banks and a few other shops don’t open for service. And by the way, you have a compulsory two hours lunch break daily, a period when offices are closed for services.
Three seasons down and having experienced the extreme winter and snow out-pour in Grenoble, all roads definitely leads to summer. I have heard a lot about the sun, burning heat, ladies in bikinis, gents and beauties, but now is the time to experience the magic and share in another experience of a life time. What has been a very demanding year is taking a whole new turn to the very next level. The pressure of schooling might be over but job hustle, project completion and search for livelihood lives on. Personally, I am looking forward to enjoying the magic of the summer but at the same time gazed on every lucrative job employment out there. Life just never stops. There seems to never be a finish line. My instrumental goal of gaining international exposure has been on full swing but now is the time to apply the net worth I have acquired over the past months and years. There is no stopping for me. I will still be writing, discovering more about myself, exploring territories and chasing my dreams of putting my generation on the map while I continue this remarkable international journey. Despite the fact that I am eager to achieve all these targets, I might as well put on a short, get a sun shade and roll out some drinks with fiends and new acquaintances when the sun finally comes out this summer.