Marilyn Bowen ’15 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies

bowen_marilynWhen I arrived at William & Mary, I thought my language studies were done. I’d studied French all throughout high school and had completed the language requirement for my major, so I was surprised when, during Spring Registration, I found myself looking at classes in the Modern Language department. My studies in MLL transformed my college experience. “Just a couple classes” turned into “maybe just one summer program” to “how about a minor” to “well, why not just double major.” In taking French classes I got the opportunity to study literature, politics, culture and, of course, language, providing me with a vast array of knowledge that can hardly be expressed by saying “I’m a French major.” I’ve gained the ability to adapt, to interpret, and to analyze and I am confident that these skills will remain invaluable in whatever path I follow.

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