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Emily Strichartz '12

Hometown: Los Altos, California
High School: Los Altos High School
Major: Foreign Language and International Affairs (FLIA) - French

Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?

I chose Puget Sound because of the size - it's small enough that I get personal attention from my professors and yet large enough that I still don't know everyone I pass on the way to class.

What has been your favorite course?

International Marketing, because of all the hands-on projects we got to do!

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?

Michel Rocchi (French) - he takes a personal interest in each and every one of his students, and knows exactly how to push them to do their absolute best.

What is your favorite place on campus?

Diversions Café - you're always seeing new people.

What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?

The salad bar is wonderful because you can always find a new way to mix things up.

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?

Do as much as you can!  Try to go to at least one meeting for each club you sign up for at Log Jam so you can really see everything Puget Sound has to offer.

What campus activities do you participate in?

Campus Visit Program, ASUPS Elections Committee, Greek Life

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?

I wish I had known about the fun facts in Harned Hall, like the Slater Museum of Natural History's "fur room" and the fact that the tiles on the floor are arranged in a DNA sequence...how cool is that?!

Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?

Ron Weasley, obviously!

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

The NSYNC concert I didn't get to go to in 5th grade.  I'm still very bitter about it.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

"You Give Me Something" by James Morrison...I'm a hopeless romantic!

You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?

Not taking anything for granted - once you're an old geezer like us college students, you start to realize that there was a lot more to high school than what it seemed to be at the time.

Study and Internship in France

I knew entering college that I wanted to pursue a career that involved my French language skills, and studying abroad seemed to me the best vehicle to do so, and I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Dijon, France.  I lived with a warm and welcoming host family (with whom I am still in constant contact!), attended classes at the University of Burgundy, and even got to take a weekly class at the Political Science Institute in Dijon.  In hindsight, I really could not have asked for a better study abroad experience; I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible.  It sounds cheesy, I know, but I really did come back as a changed person.

After finishing my studies in Dijon, I knew I wasn't ready to go home just yet.  I was lucky enough to find an amazing internship opportunity, and I spent Summer of 2011 as a Communications Intern at The Walt Disney Company France.  I got to experience my lifelong dream of living in Paris, where I met amazing and inspiring people, and explored the nooks and crannies of a city I have always loved.  

My study abroad and work experience overseas has shaped my goals for the future; I hope to return one day to the City of Lights to pursue a career or at least live there again.  I feel so lucky to have been afforded the luxury of studying and working abroad, and to anyone considering it: Go!!!  You won't regret it!

Where are they now?

Emily graduated in May 2012. She was awarded a French Government Teaching Assistantship and will be heading back to France in October to teach English. Keep up with her adventures at her blog!