Kevin Carton '10, French, communication studies and Africana studies; now careers and internships coordinator, Augustana College
"You can tell from your first encounter with a French professor at Augustana that they are passionate about what they teach. They understand that students enter their department at different levels and are more than happy to work one-on-one with you. This was especially helpful for me as I did not discover my passion for the language until my later years in high school and consequently, had some catching up to do.
"The faculty are outstanding in that they not only pushyou to perfect your grammar skills, but are also extraordinarily knowledgeable in French literature and Francophone culture. It's exciting to be a part of a community that pushes you to view French literature in a new lens while also strengthening your understanding of the history of France."
Lizeth Tamayo '16, French, biochemistry and biology/pre-medicine
"What I want to do with my combination of majors is to work with Doctors Without Borders eventually. This way I won't need a translator. I'll have that real patient-to-patient contact."
Megan Bystol '14, French, anthropology and international business
"When I came to Augustana, I didn't know I wanted to be a French major. So I figured I'd take a couple of classes because I didn't know what I wanted to be. I fell in love with the department and how everyone is so engaged in what they do, and you can tell that the professors really love what they are teaching. And all the literature and poetry are about love, sex and death, so you won't get bored!"
Sandrine Chomereau-Lamotte '13, French-secondary education; now a French teacher, Lake Forest (Ill.) High School
"Attending Augustana College as a French education major prepared me for a competitive and tough job market. Having an island heritage certainly gives me an edge in the French field, but my additional studies in the French department enhanced my knowledge and ability to relate material within several different cultural contexts. With my background in grammar and French literature, poetry and even folklore, I have been able to provide enriching experiences for my students.
"I always looked forward to my French classes during the day, and that reinforced it as my passion in life. The more I learned at Augustana, the more I shared with others. At my current position at Lake Forest High School, I look forward to seeing my class every day, and I know I am where I have wanted to be. French truly makes me happy."