French Alumnae Stories

Graduates of Mount Holyoke who have majored in French have used the analytical skills and means of expression acquired during their studies to pursue a wide range of career options: education, government service, law, international banking, publishing, and marketing, among others. 

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program, which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

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Alexandria Decatur '16: take math courses and gaining some research experience, whether it is through an internship with a professor or writing a thesis.
Michelle Johannes ’93, Research Physicist
Michelle Johannes ’93 is an expert in the physics of energy in the lab — and on the volleyball court.
This is a photograph of Catherine Corson with interns Julia Worcester ’17, Isabel Flores-Ganley ’17, and Sabine Rogers ’18 and the entire multi-institutional research team at the 2016 World Conservation Congress in September.
Political ecologist Catherine Corson took her three student interns to the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to study global environmental politics.
My-Linh Nguyen ’13: my chemistry and french background allowed me to connect with my scientist colleagues at the Embassy.
Julita Penido - Best Laid Plans
Julita Penido '12: in the Astronomy Department, I learned to be open to new possibilities, even if they didn’t follow the conventional path to success
McKenzie Conner working as a docent in a gallery
McKenzie Conner ’13: Learning another language and culture led to insighta into the background of its artists I would never otherwise understand.
Astrid Baumgardner
Astrid Rehl Baumgardner ’73: Because of the academic rigor and encouragement I experienced at MHC, I have a life and career of passion and purpose.
Emily Wells ’15—Curatorial Intern at Colonial Williamsburg
Emily Wells ’15: I researched toys and toy companies, wrote up my findings in brief reports and added them to the database, along with other materials.
Natercia Rodrigues
Natercia Rodrigues '06: it has been a priority to learn within the context of a supportive community that values mentorship.
Photo of Olivia Lucas ’18 and her host famliy in Cameroon
For Olivia Lucas ’18, multilingualism was her gateway to a new culture and experience of identity.