Modern Languages

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Jenna Pellegrino

Why did you decide to become a language major?

I was very eager to learn a foreign language of my choice when I was entering high school. In studying French, I developed a real passion and desire to learn not only French language and culture but also other foreign languages. Even though I came to college excited and prepared to learn more French, I did not expect to become a French major. I knew I wanted to continue studying French, because I found that meeting the challenge to read, speak, and write in French was greatly rewarding. Once I discovered that it was possible for me to double major in French and in the sciences, it was an easy decision to make.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your language major so far? 

Ever since I began learning French in high school, I’ve desired to become fluent. Seeing myself improve across the board (speaking, reading, and writing) has given me momentum to go forward. One highlight in particular was my study abroad experience. Being able to have conversations with native French-speakers and to be understood has been a satisfying experience.

What are your plans after Ursinus?

After Ursinus, I plan to go to graduate school and obtain a PhD in biochemistry. I hope to become a research scientist. With my knowledge of the French language, I might even find myself working either in a Francophone country or for a Francophone company!


French, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


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