A shy English girl at a French University

Hello it’s Hannah here

I am currently in my first year of university in France , I came to France 6 years ago . I am studying sociology at the moment .

Being English in a French university  has it’s pros and cons but for the most part it is a bit of a challenge . I have found over the years that going to the English group isn’t the wisest of choices  . The french kids  thinks that you don’t want to friends . Then comes the problem when the English group don’t want to friends with you either because you are too quiet.

I am not a stranger to people thinking I don’t want to be friends , I am a twin ( which I love of course , I have a friend for life )  . All through primary school I used to spend a lot of time with my sister , we used to sit next to each other, eat together and play together.  I had a teacher who was a twin , she told us to separate and make friends but we always found each other again . I soon found out that if I didn’t have my sister I had no one .

In university (especially during this pandemic ) I have found it hard to make friends . I keep to my self most of the time . Even in a group I find it hard to fit in for several reasons  : I feel self conscience about my English accent when i speak french and I find it hard to speak to people (even in English).

obviously the language is problem , I am not the best when writing  or speaking in french  . It takes a toll on my notes .




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