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I Moved To Paris Age 19 And My Life Turned Around

Why all young people should leave home … for a while

Photo by Atikh Bana on Unsplash

When I was 17, I failed my A levels at school, the British exams that you need for university. I didn’t just fail, I got ‘unclassified’, not even worthy of a mark.

As I had done well in my high school exams, age 15, and didn’t know what to do next, I stayed on for two…



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Julie van Maanen

Top writer in Parenting. Multi-lingual traveller, writer, learner, teacher. Raising my little girl in Cuba and Europe and cannot wait to show her the world.