For the past nine years, French has been a major part of my life (no pun intended). A Francophile at heart, the language and culture appeal to me in such a way that I often wish they were my own. Being a French major has helped me refine my lingual skills and made me even more appreciative of the language that I love. I could not have chosen a better major or a better department in which to study. Originally set on majoring in Business, the close-knit community of the French Department turned out to be far more suited to my personality. I have gained so much inspiration from my professors and peers and been awarded the privileges of living in the French House and studying abroad for a semester in France. I will leave the College with fond memories of my time as a French major and take with me a valuable lesson for life: Be unafraid to pursue your passion, for this invariably leads to happiness and success.