Student SpotlightI came to Baylor as a Nursing major, but soon realized that my true passion was for the French language and culture. I decided after one semester to double major in International Studies and French-a decision that literally changed my life for the better.
In the fall of 2009, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Caen, France. Caen is in Normandy and less than 10 miles from the historic D-Day beaches. Being fully immersed into the French language and society helped me grow exponentially. I was able to experience in person things that most students only read about. From eating dinner with French students, to visiting the beaches where Allied soldiers lost their lives for our freedom, to walking through a famous Cathedral, every day enriched my education in a unique way.
"Thanks to the way my professors challenged me, I have learned more than I ever thought possible. "
These past four years in the French department have been indescribable. Thanks to the way my professors challenged me, I have learned more than I ever thought possible. Not only are my speaking, writing, and listening skills strong, I have a firm understanding of the history and culture of France. Some classes I was able to take, such as "Paris: A Cultural Overview" or "Modern French Cinema," are not your typical French language classes. However, they gave me a deeper appreciation for the country of France. I am truly grateful to have had such a well-rounded education.
I graduated in May of 2010, but luckily, my experience with the French language will not stop. Beginning this fall, I will be teaching high school French in Temple, TX. I am excited for this next season of my life, and I hope that my passion for France and its culture will be passed on to my students.