An experienced cook who loves rock climbing and running, Nina started French at the 105 level and she went on to major in French and Anthropology. Since graduation in 2009, she has been pursuing an international career in law. She is currently a student in WU's Law School Transnational Law Program and she is also pursuing a Masters in EU law at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Her personal experience as a first-generation American from Poland has motivated her interest in cross-cultural studies. As an undergraduate she studied in Toulouse, France, where she also had an internship in a small art foundation. Nina notes that French continues to be an important language in international governmental organizations. She is currently working for an intellectual property firm in Brussels. In the future she hopes to work in international criminal law either in Poland, for an NGO that provides legal services to women from the former Soviet Republics and Russia who are trafficked into Western Europe, or in the Hague, for an international criminal tribunal.
An experienced ratatouille cook, Lucy graduated from WU in 2011 with a degree in Art History and minors in French and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Studying those three fields altogether, she says, has allowed her to "filter information through different lenses, and to make interdisciplinary connections." Lucy conducted independent research in Paris in preparation for her honors thesis, and she continues to enjoy communicating in French with her contacts overseas. She spent the summer after graduation working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the Department of Photography. She returns to Paris for the 2011-2012 academic year as a Fulbright Fellow, researching the work of nineteenth-century sculptor Félicie de Fauveau.
Laura’s primary major was in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH), with a second major in French. This combination of two majors, she says, made for a more intellectually fulfilling program of study than she could have achieved with a single major alone. Laura was a two-year recipient of the Spirit of Washington University Scholarship and a three-year recipient of the John and Wilma Baker Scholarship in Arts and Sciences. She also worked as an intern at the US embassy in Paris and is now enrolled in the French Ph.D. program at Yale University. She notes that French has always been central to her professional growth: "As a student, researcher, government intern, tourist, and scholar, I’ve benefited from my French studies and as a professor I hope to share my passion with other students."
An avid rock climber who does lots of biking, kickboxing, hip-hop dance, travelling and hiking, Teresa majored in French and minored in Italian at WU. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Romance Studies at Duke University. Teresa’s proficiency in Italian and French is exceptional. Not only was she awarded the Department’s Rava prize in recognition of her scholarly achievements in Italian but also (perhaps the greatest mark of distinction!) in both Italy and in France she has been taken for a native speaker! For Teresa “successful communication in another language is always a moment of personal triumph" and one that allows her to expand her horizons. "Being able to speak foreign languages," she says, has made her feel "like a citizen of the world."
Ronnie graduated from WU in 2010 with a double major in French (summa cum laude) and Biology. Currently a second-year medical student at Tulane University, Ronnie maintains a dual interest in science and languages. At WU he participated in the French for the Premed Program in Nice, France. He notes that this experience allowed him not only to appreciate French culture (on the Riviera!) but also to learn more about the international health field: "shadowing physicians in Nice while being completely immersed in a foreign language dramatically changed my points of view with regard both to the French culture and to the global practice of medicine." Ronnie's proficiency in French remains of the most impressive features on his resume: "I am always asked about it; it is different, and people do not expect it from a medical student." During his free time, Ronnie enjoys volunteering in free clinics as well as riding, kayaking, cycling, and running.