I knew I’d found my home at the College on the first day of my freshman year in Professor Magali Compan’s French 151 seminar. I loved the chance to connect with other francophiles and to have challenging, enriching discussions together. Through the Francophone lens, I loved learning about art, history, culture, linguistics, poetry, and so much more in the amazing courses offered in our department. The Modern Languages department also provided the opportunity for me to study abroad in Montpellier, France. I benefitted tremendously from the language immersion I experienced abroad, but the chance to conduct research in this immersion environment was especially transformational. With the help of my advisor, Prof. Compan, I had the chance to study the thriving book market in Montpellier. Finally, the French program sparked my passion for education through my experience as a TA in the department. I loved the ability to connect with other students, and to come up with creative ways to teach the material. Beginning this summer, I will be pursuing my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education– ESL Endorsement at the W&M School of Education. After the program, I hope to teach in a French immersion elementary school!