French at work in Burkina Faso
"Although I only took French Immersion for kindergarten and a small portion of Grade One, I began to love it more and more, as I was required to take core French classes throughout my school career. My passion for learning French continued into University, as I chose it for my major with the intention of becoming a French teacher. Through the U of L, I was able to spend four amazing months in Québec City, where I studied French at Université Laval, and had the opportunity to experience Carnaval, Québec City's spectacular winter version of Mardi Gras. My passion to go overseas then took me to Burkina Faso, West Africa, a French-speaking country, where I taught English. Whether it was bartering at the market, having tea with friends or going to church, I had to use the French language to communicate. Without the French-speaking skills that I acquired at the U of L, I never would have been able to have these travel experiences. Learning another language can never be harmful; it is always helpful because it creates opportunities that otherwise could not have taken place. I encourage everyone to take a chance and learn a second language!"