Alumni Updates Alumni Updates: French & Francophone Studies

Hunsberger, Ariel (Class of 2009)

Ariel received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach English in Andorra and is currently working at the Chronicle for Higher Education

“I came to William & Mary as a near-native French speaker and I was looking for a program that could offer insightful and current commentary on French language and culture.  Throughout my four years in the department there were always several fascinating courses offered every semester, and I always had a hard time choosing between them.  My professors encouraged me to explore a wide variety of topics and let me choose the ways I wanted to share what I was learning—not only through presentations and papers but also through creative works and applied projects.  The ideas and topics from my French studies often came up in other courses and helped me discover new lines of research and tie my interests together.

My French degree from William & Mary has put me in touch with a rich and diverse francophone community and given me the opportunity to explore many different career paths.  The skills I learned by participating in student-faculty conferences, working on the film festival, and serving as a TA have been invaluable since I’ve graduated, and the support and guidance of my professors encouraged me to apply for the Fulbright Scholarship.  I know that I have the continued support and advice of the department as I’m starting a new job after returning to the U.S. and considering graduate schools.”

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