A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
My name is Emily Esposito and I am from Seattle, Washington. I graduated from Chapman University in 2011 with degrees in public relations/advertising and French language. I studied in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2010 and worked as an English teacher in Tarbes, France in 2011.
My mother is French (from Chamonix) and immigrated to America when she was 19. In some ways, we lead parallel lives. We both felt the need to see the world and travel at around the same age, but our destinations are opposite; I went to the country she left and she is living in the country I am leaving.
French was my first language until the age of three, when my sister was born and I started learning English and going to school. Although I didn’t attend French schools, I learned French at such an early age that it comes very naturally to me. I am so lucky to know another language and I believe everyone should be proficient in another language, as it allows you to see the world in a completely new way (In fact, I wrote another blog entirely about the importance of a bilingual education).
This blog recounts my year teaching English to elementary school students in the southwest region of France. Now, I am back in Seattle, working in public relations. I still have a lot of traveling to do, so I will continue updating this blog. Perhaps I should change its title from “Emily in Tarbes” to “Emily Everywhere!”
If you have any questions, want to talk travel, or are a fellow TAPIFer, connect with me on Twitter @emilyesposito!