Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Majors: French Language & Literature, International & Area Studies
Study Abroad: Clermont-Ferrand, France (Long-Term)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Three way tie: Homemade vanilla, mango sorbet, or strawberry balsamic sorbet
Best Adjective to Describe You: Meticulous
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
The French language connects you to the world.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
The short answer to what initially drew me to this department is the broad use of the French language. For a longer answer, Google search: “French: The Most Practical Foreign Language!” What keeps me coming back is the beauty of the language.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Start your basic 100 and 200 level classes early enough so that you can take as many of the 300 level courses as you possibly can. It is in these advanced literary and Francophone cultural courses that you truly see what the French language has to offer.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The French language and culture has a way of creeping into all aspects of my life from the music I play on the piano to the books I choose to read as well as all the food that I prepare for friends and family.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The end of learning is gracious living.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My freshman seminar, “The Best of Intentions” with Dr. Solberg, would have to be my favorite class. I think the course description sums it up wonderfully: “It has been said that culture is to people what water is to fish; that is, it's an invisible medium through which we glide without even being aware of it — until we take a dip in someone else's pond, or someone hops into ours! In this course, we'll arrive at a working definition of culture, and see how cultural and psychological mindsets can keep us from really seeing people who are not like us…and we’ll see how even good intentions can cause cultural train wrecks.”
What is your SIP?
Returning to the State Dinner: The Evolution of French-American Diplomacy
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?