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Wanted: An Education

I almost missed the French éducation nationale. Sure, like millions of students, I regularly protested various education reforms over the years, but at least the ministry’s communication efforts were...

Daycare-Hunting Hell—Report from the Front

We called more daycare centres—all with interchangeable cutesy names involving “love”, “children”, “wee” or “bear” —booking tours if they didn’t hang up on us. We drove to places well outside our...

School’s Out

On one side, my experience with university in Canada is pretty good. First, I hope that eventually I will be able to complete a Canadian degree, even if the goal seems to be very far away. Second, it...

Another World Is Possible

The more I attend classes at university, the more I feel like I belong in a museum. The big museum of failed and forgotten ideals. Move along, nothing to see here.

On Campus (Part III)

The Winter semester started early January, but I can't seem to put myself into study mode. First, there is my very full-time job. I work in an environment where futile things such as eating and...

On Campus (Part II)

I have always been fascinated by North American high schools and universities. They seemed to have so many rituals, so many traditions that I felt we were really missing out in France. Take...

On Campus (Part I)

My oral exam lasted exactly three minutes. It may have something to do with the fact I wrote in big bold letter "I am French !" in answer to the question "where did you learn French?" in the...

The Alien Student

At university, I feel like an alien among students. when the class started in September, and when it was still hot, I felt like a nerd in the middle of a bunch of wanna-be strippers. Since when did...

No Dark Sarcasm In The Classroom

I was almost late for my first class. I had left home on time but I was lost in the huge campus and none of the students I stopped to ask for directions seemed to know the location of my building. I...

The Campus Theory

I developed a new theory. Canada is a capitalist developed country, with plenty of goods available, a reasonably efficient and non-corrupt administration and businesses are quite customers-oriented...

From Teacher To Student

I kept my promise: I wanted some changes in my life and I have slowly been working on that. I had decided to attend university again. What can I say, I like studying. But of course, it wasn't that...