No Joke

TAPIF writes that they will send email notifications of acceptances in the first week of April. So for the last two weeks, I have been alternately counting the days until April, forcing myself to think of anything else, vacillating between self-confidence and self-doubt, and drinking chamomile tea to calm my stomach/nerves.

April 1st dawned beautifully. I mean, it was really a pretty day! I woke up to an email alert on my phone, but I thought to myself, “No, no. It’s too early. The embassy isn’t even open yet. Just ignore that. Don’t get your hopes up.”

I got ready for work and picked up some breakfast on the way – a croissant, of course. (For luck?) I kept a steady line of encouragement up in my head: “No matter what, you’re still going abroad somewhere. If not France, maybe somewhere in Asia. And why are you so nervous today, anyway? Likely you won’t even hear until the very end of the week. They say this whole thing is just a waiting game.” 

At work I surreptitiously opened a tab just for my personal email… and kept refreshing it every minute or so. “Calm down! Don’t freak out! You’ve got a job to do, you know.”

The morning usually starts pretty quietly, but the phone started going off quite a bit a couple hours in. So there I am juggling phone calls, taking messages, typing emails, and looking up phone numbers when I subconsciously glance at my inbox and my eye catches a fragment of the address from which I just received a message: assistant.washington… “Holy caviar. This is it. That sure was fast.”  

My stomach immediately did a flip because I caught the title in that brief glance: Acceptance to the 2014-2015 TAPIF Program.


I pulled myself together for a beat and a half and opened the email. “Congratulations. Académie de Dijon. Secondary level. Please confirm.” I swear those are the only words I saw the first time through. Then I spent the rest of my day reading little snippets about Burgundy when the phone would calm down and already building little castles in the air in France.


So, it’s official-ish. I’m returning to France! Hooray! Once I get more information on what to do to prepare, you (my enormous readership…) will know all about it. À bientôt!

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2 comments on “No Joke

  1. Karen says:

    Bonjour, Clarissa! I just stumbled upon your blog because I was recently accepted to the 2014-2015 TAPIF program in Dijon. I noticed that you’re thinking about South Korea next, and I actually taught in Seoul from 2010-2011. Anyway, seemed like too many coincidences to not at least say hi to a potential future neighbor. 🙂

    • Clarissa says:

      Hello, Karen! Félicitations to you as well! I am impatient to receive my contract and know just where I’ll be, but it’s nice to hear from another Dijon assistant! I may have to get some South Korea tips from you while we’re abroad.

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