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    Applying for a French student visa

    There are only a limited number of countries you can visit without a visa if you have a Philippine passport and getting it isn’t always easy. You have to open up your entire being to these people before they can accept you. And if you cannot handle rejection, you will get heartbroken (again). That’s why when I decided to live in Paris, the thought of applying for a long-term french student visa was already stressful. Coupled with the fact that the French bureaucracy is known to expats as a direct threat to your patience. Thankfully with the right planning, resources, skepticism and patience, I was able to get accepted into the French soil.

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    Learning French on your own

    I remember the first time I told myself “I think I want to learn French”. It was almost 7 years ago. I didn’t know I was going to be using it 6 years after. But I do wish I should’ve heeded that call so things will be easier now.¬†Fast forward to today and I’m formally learning French in a language school. There is an advantage in doing so, but a lot of people learn by themselves with the right resources and a considerable amount of self scolding motivation. Here is a list of resources which helped me start beginner French on my own:

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    Moving out

    I still remember the weeks before I flew to Gibraltar: not even pronouncing the name correctly as how locals do, meet ups with friends for dinner who all ask where exactly is it, me trying to explain that it’s at the southern tip of Spain but isn’t really in Spain but a UK territory, my sister expecting me to see One Direction because it’s part of the UK, me getting tired of explaining it’s location to everyone who hears of the news and asks, googling what Gibraltar looks like with the hopes of seeing what it looks like living there and just seeing photos of the rock.

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