Emily Wolfteich ’14 Senior Profile: French & Francophone Studies

Wolfteich.E“Emily started college with the intention to major in history, but the lure of the French Revolution and presidential scandals proved too seductive — as did her desire to gain enough fluency to have an effective career in Francophone Africa. During the course of her time at the College, she had the great pleasure to not only study on campus but also to study and work abroad in Paris for seven months through the IFE program, where she interned at two public health nonprofits, ate a lot of pastries, learned about seventh-floor walkups and made incredible friends. She also completed, with heavy reliance on her French skills, a Monroe Project on the role of radio as a tool of reconciliation in Rwanda. In the future, Emily hopes to work in international public health with a concentration in Francophone Africa, ideally in a capacity that lets her travel as much as possible and learn more languages. But wherever she ends up, the end goal is to be as useful as possible, and to never stop seeking adventure.

“I started college with the intention to major in history, but the lure of the French Revolution and presidential scandals proved too seductive — as did my desire to gain enough fluency to have an effective career in Francophone Africa. During the course of my time at the College, I had the enormous pleasure to not only study on campus but also to study and work abroad in Paris for seven months through the IFE program, where I interned at two public health nonprofits, ate a lot of pastries, learned about seventh-floor walkups and made incredible friends. I also completed, with heavy reliance on my French skills, a Monroe Project on the role of radio as tool of reconciliation in Rwanda. In the future, I hope to work in international public health with a concentration in Francophone Africa, ideally in a capacity that lets me travel as much as possible and learn more languages. But wherever I end up, the end goal is to be as useful as possible, and to never stop seeking adventure.”

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