French educational system
I thought I could (for once) write something intresting about the way the french educational system works. I hope this can help you understand it better!
So the french system is quiet complicated. You start school when you are 3, then you go through "kindergarden" (maternelle), "preschool" (primaire), "middle school" (collège) and "high school" (lycée). At the end of high school, every student pass the "BAC". It's like big finals for each class. But before this, after middle school, you have to choose what kind of classes you'd like to study. Most people choose between the 3 main courses : S (science), L (litteratur) and ES (economic and social). Personally, I've choose another course in the hospitality industry.
So, we are not yet in college, but we already follow a path that will eventually lead us to the work we'd like to do later.
There is 3 different kind of BAC : Bac professionel (the one you usully choose if you want to work right after high school), Bac général (that's the S, L and ES courses, the ones pretty much everyone follows because it leads you to college and better degrees) and Bac technologic (that's mine, it's a course between the BAC general and the bac pro. It means, I have professional classes such as cooking class or hospitality and catering classe but I also have more general classes like maths, french, english... and I can go to college).
I'm currently passing the BAC, yesterday I passed English and in a couple of weeks I'll have to pass philosophy, geography, maths, managing, economy, science... Lots of subjects !
After the BAC, you have even more possibilities. Either you go to the "fac" (the closest things to college but it's free) or you go to a private school...
I've decided to apply for a 2 years course called "BTS Responsable hébergement". This will train me to be a manager in hotels. After those 2 years, I can take additionnal degrees and get a liscence and a master (3 years).
Btw, I've already written it before but I think it's funny. We don't say "good luck" (bonne chance) when someone pass an exam, we say "MERDE" (literally means shit). We say good luck brings bad luck so in contrary, shit must bring you luck!
I wish you a Big MERDE and don't worry about me, everyone has the BAC.