Preston Heinlein (’14) speaks about his experiences as a major in French & Francophone Studies

Preston Heinlein transferred to W&M at the beginning of his junior year. He knew that he wanted to study linguistics and the French language in particular. He spent a summer in Montpellier, taking courses at the Université Paul Valéry and working on an independent research project about the local LGBT community, which he then presented at the annual W&M Fête de la Recherche. Other highlights of his time at the College include his experience working as an intern for the 2014 French & Francophone Film Festival. Preston has just been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and is the recipient of the 2014 St. Onge prize for the student in French & Francophone Studies who shows the most promise for graduate-level work. Next year he will teach English in France through the French Embassy’s TAPIF program.

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