Week 4 of Global Entrepreneurship Program:
It was a long three weeks of confusion, but I think I am finally out in the clear. I had an amazing first week in Lyon, followed by two very not-so-amazing weeks. During those two weeks, I had too many restless nights because I felt that I should not be here. I felt like my time and money could be better invested elsewhere. Well, this was the first week where I finally felt like maybe I am better off staying with the program.
My first assurance came from the movie project that our class had to make. I really hated the assignment at first because I thought it was such a joke, but I felt more rewarded about going through that process, especially after seeing everyone else’s final products. It was really nice to see what the other groups came up with.
This one was for our group:
My favorite from the other groups was of a mini documentary about the group trying to sell apples on the street. Majority of the members on the group did not speak french, but they went out onto the streets of Lyon to sell fruits to individuals. The message of the movie was that if they can sell a simple item like an apple and make profit on the street, then they can sell anything. It was so funny and creative.
The other favorite was a video about the city’s bike rental system in Lyon. Lyon is actually the very first city to start a city bike system in the world! It was so professionally done and everyone in the group really looked like they enjoyed working with each other. You can definitely see the enthusiasm in their presentation.
French Buddy Party:
For the rest of the week, we only had one other class on Thursday. It was nice to get three days off to go explore the city and meet some new people. On Wednesday night for example, my friends and I went to a “French Buddy” party, where international students were paired up with French students. When you arrive, they give you a name of a famous person and you have to find their significant other. For example, I was “Nicolas Sarkozy” who had to find my “Carla Bruni.”
Unfortunately/fortunately, I didn’t really have to look for my buddy. He found me within 5 minutes of standing by the front of the venue. My Carla Bruni was a 5 feet tall French guy who acted like he was too good to talk to me.
The other funny part of that night was meeting two guys named “Tebow.” Seriously, wtf are the chances of meeting two people with the name “Tebow” in one night?! Well, apparently, “Thibault” and not “Tebow” like Tim Tebow is a really common French name… ha.
Friday was another big assurance for me about this program. I had lunch with two GEP reps and the director of the program. He told us about some radical changes that the program will implement in the next couple of weeks. I felt that I really needed to hear that because it was a nice relief knowing that the school was taking our feedbacks seriously. It was definitely a real pleasant lunch that has helped me confirm my decision to stay here.
Other weekend highlights:
So that pretty much wraps up the week. I am actually starting to miss home, especially the freedom of having a car. I hate public transportation and living as a minimalist with no income… Thank goodness I am still making money online or else I would be eating scraps for dinner.
xoxo from Lyon,
p.s. I want to send out postcards this week. Everyone please send me your address at: firstname.lastname@example.org