Cookbooks, kitchens, and restaurants hide secret family recipes and the stories behind them. Deborah Lee-Ferrand unearths these secrets of food and culture in her PhD research while teaching at William & Mary in Virginia. There, she found another passion in teaching students and learning alongside them.
Betsy Kerr is retiring after a 40-year career in the department of French & Italian. She reflects on teaching before and after the technological revolution, coordinating College in the Schools (CIS), and working with students. Her time at UMN has been rewarding and gratifying, but she is excited about the opportunities that retirement holds.
Joseph Rojas learned abroad in three countries and three languages. He discusses how his experiences in Brazil, Venezuela, and France informed his career path. “Adaptability and flexibility are two of the greatest skills I learned as a result of studying abroad.”
“Studying French and its culture makes me feel more like a citizen of the world,” says Anika Hauk, a student who studied abroad in Montpellier, France last semester. Explore what Hauk and other undergraduate students learned about themselves while learning abroad.
Through daily journaling during her study abroad experience, Laura Meier is able to revisit her trip to Senegal. During an internship with the Association des Juristes Sénégalaises, Meier got first-hand experience working to promote women’s rights in the region.
Senior Cecilia Pompeo spent her junior year in Montpellier, France. Not only did she create amazing connections with her host family, but she also participated in two different internships that challenged her language skills and gave her professional experience abroad.
Gabrielle Doyle spent spring 2018 studying in Montpellier, France. While learning to adjust to a different educational system was challenging, Doyle quickly adapted to her new university setting and left France prepared to tackle any class that comes her way.
Palmer Haasch had the opportunity to conduct research while learning abroad in Montpellier, France during spring 2018. This undertaking not only helped fund her trip, but also gave her practical experience that will lead to a promising career.
French minor Anika Hauk knew she wanted to study in France. That dream became a reality in fall 2018 when she spent a semester in Montpellier. This experience helped her improve her speaking skills and gave her the confidence to explore international career opportunities.