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Les voyages (et les langues) forment la jeunesse

Il y a cinq ans, quand j’étais en première au lycée (à Pune en Inde), j’ai eu le choix d’apprendre une langue étrangère : soit l’allemand soit le français. J’ai choisi ce dernier sans beaucoup réfléchir, sans savoir ce que l’avenir me réservait.

L’année suivante, juste après mon bac en avril 2017, j’ai eu la chance de venir en France pendant un mois en tant qu’étudiante en échange (grâce au partenariat de mon lycée avec deux lycées français à Lannion et à Mennecy). Cette immersion m’a permis d’améliorer mon français et de vivre la culture française avec mes deux correspondantes et familles d’accueil.

Ces merveilleux moments passés pendant l’échange m’ont donné envie de mieux connaître la France, sa langue, sa culture et ses gens. C’est pourquoi j’ai commencé à suivre des cours de français à l’Alliance Française de Pune parallèlement à ma licence en sciences économiques.

Le français m’a tellement plu que j’ai décidé de devenir enseignante de français. Afin d’acquérir de l’expérience dans le domaine d’enseignement, j’ai postulé pour le programme d’assistanat du Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques (CIEP) avant de faire mes études supérieures. Quelques mois plus tard, j’ai su que j’étais affectée dans le lycée Paul Sérusier à Carhaix-Plouguer en tant qu’assistante d’anglais.

Cela fait déjà quatre mois que je travaille dans ce lycée. Avec les professeurs chaleureux, les élèves adorables et le personnel sympathique, je ne vois pas le temps passer ! Quelle belle chance d’avoir cette opportunité professionnelle d’enseignement d’anglais aux Français.es en partageant ma culture indienne !

L’apprentissage du français m’a complètement changé la vie ; au niveau personnel autant qu’au niveau professionnel. L’échange m’a rendue plus expressive, plus ouverte aux autres. L’assistanat me rend plus responsable, plus indépendante. Tout ça parce que j’ai choisi le français au hasard au lycée il y cinq ans. Donc, apprenez de nouvelles langues, apprenez de nouvelles choses, ça vous ouvrira l’esprit, ça vous ouvrira le monde !

– Khushi Goyal

Unlearning Insecurities

It took me a lot of courage to write what you’re about to read right now; as it throws light on one of the biggest insecurities that I’ve had since childhood. But I thought that this was something that needed to be shared and talked about, because we’ve all been through this in one way or the other and have been affected by it at some point in our lives.

There have been multiple instances where people, including my friends, family, relatives, cousins or even acquaintances, have commented on my acne, thin hair, bald spot or belly. Be it unintentional jokes, unsolicited advice or taunts, the remarks on my looks and body have affected me at a psychological level since I was a school-going girl, occasionally leading to emotional outbursts and breakdowns; taking a toll on my self-confidence and self-esteem.

No matter how much I try to forget these comments, they tend to come back to me again and again, with more and more people adding on to them. “Are you undergoing a treatment for acne”, “You’ve got so many pimples! Is this a reaction to something?”, “You’ve got such thin hair with so less volume”, “You’ve put on weight, haven’t you?”… Constantly hearing judgemental statements such as these has always been making me so self-conscious about my appearance in whatever I do, whenever I speak and wherever I go.

Although the awareness about effects of appearance and body shaming is increasing day by day, it’s not enough. I feel that sometimes people just don’t realise how harshly this might affect someone and for how long this might stay with them. They say that the jokes are all in good humour or that they are just concerned and are thus sharing their opinions and advices, but only those who are at the receiving end of it know how frequently they have to deal with such unsought commentary every single day.

Despite making conscious efforts to not let someone else’s view determine my sense of beauty, I cannot help but succumb to it sometimes. But that does not stop me from trying. I believe that there are always going to be people who point out your “imperfections”, but you need to remind yourself time and again that their opinions simply do not matter, because they are just focusing on what you look like, and not what you are or what you do.

We are all insecure about something or the other, and most of the times it’s because people make us think that we should be insecure about it, by mocking us or by trying to give us remedies to look better. But try not to let people’s judgements make you insecure about anything. I know it’s easier said than done. So, here’s another thing you can do – try not to be that person; a person who points out or jokes about certain aspects of someone’s appearance. There are already many people who do that. So, the least you could do is to not be one of them, isn’t it?

-Khushi Goyal