I hadn't planned on taking French at all in college, but was presented with the unique opportunity to live on a dairy farm in the middle of Normandy during the summer of 2012. I took my first French class the spring before I left to prepare for the summer. Since then, I've discovered a love for linguistics, thanks to Russell's FRE 109 class, and my bookshelf is full of French novels and plays that I've collected from used bookstores. French became much more to me than just a language. It was a different perspective, and the possibility of traveling, living, and working somewhere outside of the United States continues to excite me. Everyone in the French department has contributed in some way to tailoring my education to my interests, so thank you all so much!