Senior Profile: Emily Williams (French and Francophone Studies, ’18)

WilliamsMy years here at William & Mary have been beyond invaluable in how they’ve changed my outlook on life and desire to affect change in the world. Between the IFE Program in Brussels, and Professor Kulick’s very practical and informative TESOL classes, I’ve learned quite a bit on the difficulties of navigating different languages and cultures in the classroom and on the streets. Teaching has become my passion, and whether it be abroad or at home, that is where I intend to make my little corner of the world brighter. Knowing how to decolonize both the material that I absorb and that I bring to my students, as Mme Compan has taught, will be instrumental in changing the educational system to teach more tolerant and critical thought processes; it will also be central to my long term goal of improving the United States’ educational system by promoting Native visibility in primary and secondary school curricula.

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