Ariel Hunsberger, ‘09
Ariel received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach English in Andorra and is currently working at the Chronicle for Higher Education
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."