Why Major in a Language?
Digital Media Coordinator at Girl Rising
Studying French at SCU was a wonderful experience that has opened up many opportunities in my life. As a junior, I studied abroad in Paris, taking classes ranging from French film and theater to politics and literature. After graduating, I was able to take a teaching job at a French high school in Cannes because of my background in French and film. I had the opportunity to teach, travel, experience French culture, and even apply for a pass to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where I saw and met some of my favorite directors and actors, including Agnès Varda, Alexander Payne, Brad Pitt, and Robert De Niro.
After returning from France, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my interest in film editing. I landed an assistant editing job at Girl Rising, a film about nine girls from nine countries and the role education has played in each of their lives. Girl Rising is not only a film; it is a movement spreading like wildfire promoting girls? education all around the world. The team is incredible and diverse. Many of us speak more than one language. I have no doubt that my French background and life experience gained from knowing French helped me acquire this dream job. I am now the digital media coordinator who runs our video department, which includes making the film and related videos accessible in over twenty different languages.