My name is Claire and I’m the French FLTA this year at Ursinus College.
I grew up in a small village near Soissons, in Picardie, a region located North-East of France; as I’ll be teaching remotely for the fall semester, this is where I’ll be for the next few months. After graduating from high school, I went to study literature in a Higher School Preparatory Class near Paris. I then specialized in English literature and graduated with a Bachelor degree in the same field at La Sorbonne University. As I wanted to bring my knowledge about the English-speaking world into a broader context, I began a Master degree in International Relations at the University of Panthéon-Assas, another Parisian university.
After graduating, I worked a couple of months in the Netherlands at the Institut Français des Pays-Bas where I had already started working as an intern. I came back to France to work in an association called Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne promoting cinema for young audiences.
Being interested in both international relations and culture, I would like to work in the field of cultural diplomacy. I am convinced that learning about new cultures and languages gives people a better understanding of the world and can help foster peaceful relations between countries.
Being a Fulbright TA at Ursinus this year thus furthers my professional goal, as I am sharing my language and culture with American students. I have been to the United States a few times and I am always happy to talk about France as I learn more about the US. So feel free to contact me if you have any question regarding French or if you just want to discuss!