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L&IH French is Growing!

French was added as a language option for L&IH in 2017, and our cohort of L&IH French students has been steadily growing. Mary Margaret Achurch, the first French L&IH student, just returned from a semester abroad in Toulouse, France and plans to graduate May 2020. She shares her experience below. 

Oftentimes, we find ourselves stuck inside a comfort zone. We long for the familiar. After my time spent in Toulouse, France, I am sure of this: while our nature may be to long for familiarity, we need experiences that challenge that feeling. Although I had longed to

spend extended time out of the country for as long as I can remember, when the pieces actually started to fall into place, I was so afraid. I realized that I was about to live with strangers and attempt to find some semblance of home in a city unlike any other that I had lived in before. And I would have to do this all while speaking another language. As I reflect back now, I laugh at how nervous I had become. Just because you’ve dreamt of something doesn’t make it easy to do. But in pushing myself to leave my comfort zone and to leave my family an ocean away, I found so many wonderful experiences waiting. I took part in cultural events around the world, from the Dutch Tulip Parade in Amsterdam to a rugby match in Toulouse (Allez le stade!) to Easter in Salzburg. I have learned that there is not one single lens with which to view the world and that different and wrong are not always synonymous. Most importantly, those strangers whom I had been so afraid of truly became my family. I was there for my host sister’s first steps, the celebration of multiple birthdays, including my own (which always involved a pastry with a candle in it), and I had the privilege of completing an internship alongside my host dad in the cardiology department of a private hospital. I was once told that it takes time for a French person to open up, but once you are friends, you’ll never lose touch. My host family opened their home, yes, but they also opened their hearts to me. I wish there were a way to perfectly articulate how transformative studying abroad can be. The beauty of it is that each experience is unique. You see things in yourself that you didn’t know you were looking for, and while experiencing one hope or dream, you may realize another. I encourage everyone to study abroad, be it in France or elsewhere. I believe that living with a host family is essential to the immersion process and is an enormous part of why my experience was so positive. Toulouse is special to me for so many reasons—both big and small—but here are a few that I think about often: the kind Toulousains who never laughed at errors in my French, sunny days spent in the Jardin des Plantes, visits to the world’s best chocolatier, and my new family.
Mary Margaret Achurch, the first French L&IH student, just returned from a semester abroad in Toulouse, France and plans to graduate May 2020.

 

2017 L&IH Award Recipients

Rebecca McConnell

Rebecca Lynn McConnell – Language and International Health Academic Honor Award

The Language and International Health Society gives this award to a Language and International Health major who demonstrates ability to perform, achieve, and excel in scholastic activities.

Rebecca is a senior at Clemson University.  Her major is Language and International Health and the concentrations are Spanish and health administration.  Rebecca plans on working as a volunteer coordinator or Greenville Health System after she graduates.  She has done 4 creative inquires with Dr. Graciela Tissera, she is the vice-president of the Language and International Health club, and she is graduating with honors.

Emily Blackshire

Emily W. Blackshire – Language and International Health Award of Excellence

The award is given to a senior Language and International Health major for outstanding academic achievements, professional conduct, and unconditional service to multicultural communities.

Emily Blackshire: is a Language and International Health concentrating in Spanish and Community Development that will graduate May 2017. She is currently working with the sociology department to study community health resources available to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the Southeastern states versus traditional immigration locations. She founded Clemson University Paw Pantry, an on-campus food and hygienic supply pantry available to any Clemson student. She will be teaching Middle School Science in rural North Carolina next year with Teach for America.

Elouise Cram

Elouise Giroux Cram – Language and International Health Award of Excellence in Research

The award is given to a Language and International Health major for outstanding academic research on international health topics.

Elouise Cram: I’m a senior L&IH major (Spanish, health administration concentrations). I am a board member of the Clemson Academic Integrity Board, a judge for the Clemson Debate Team, president of the Language and International Health Society, and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Outside of the classroom, I participate in Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program with Dr. Tissera, where I explore health topics in Hispanic film. My love of research found me in a lab this past summer at the Medical University of South Carolina researching periodontal disease and gene expression. After graduation, I will be attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work to get my Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in hospital social work.

Michelle Fuentes

Michelle Fuentes – Language and International Health Award of Excellence in Research

The award is given to a senior Language and International Health major for outstanding academic achievements, professional conduct, and unconditional service to multicultural communities.

Michelle Fuentes: Senior Language and International Health Major with an Emphasis in Spanish and Community development. On campus involvement with LUCU (Latinos Unidos at Clemson) and several Creative inquiries. I have been apart of a Creative Inquiry with Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta for all of my 4 years here at Clemson, but my main work with her has been concentrated on the last 3 years, working with a underserved community in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Upon graduation, I will be moving to Memphis, TN to teach Middle school Spanish at KIPP, a charter school, through Teach for America.