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Kalamazoo College
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Maribel Blas-Rangel

Pontiac, MI
French and Psychology
Study Abroad:
Clermont-Ferrand, France
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In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
The French department is just SO COOL. The professors are great and really care about teaching their students!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I started taking French when I was in high school and loved it! I knew that K had a great study abroad program and I wanted to take advantage of that and continue to further my knowledge of French. After having a difficult first quarter at K, I decided to take different classes and really explore, so I took a French class and loved it! I keep coming back because my professors are so encouraging and it is very rewarding to see my growth in the language, and being able to have full conversations and write long essays in a language that I am learning. It is definitely rewarding and I enjoy it very much.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t be afraid to study a romance language, and definitely do not be afraid to try. It is okay to make mistakes, it’s how we learn. Ask for help and be involved, learning a new language can open up so many opportunities.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I definitely love languages and different cultures, so studying a language is fantastic for me. After studying abroad and taking various courses at K, I have learned so much about the French language and the culture as well.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I think I have learned to be flexible and open-minded, also to work hard.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Probably French 203 because it was my first French class here and the class that got me really excited to continue studying the language. I loved being able to read stories, write essays and really apply my French skills.

What is your SIP?
I am working with a professor at Oakland University, looking at diurnal testosterone levels in women and the effect that it has on their preference in men as it relates to masculinity.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to attend graduate school and would love to become therapist and teach part-time at the college level. But, I would also love to do something with languages!

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