Clare graduated Hendrix in 2017 having majored in French. Following graduation, Clare
began working in Austin at an organic farm where she had interned for an
Odyssey project learning about food access and farming. To continue speaking
French, she volunteered at a local Immigration Legal Services Clinic, which
serves many immigrants from Francophone African and Caribbean countries. She
worked with people emigrating from these countries, providing translation and
interpretation services and learning from the interactions she had with each.
following year, Clare lived and worked in France through TAPIF, teaching
English to French high schoolers in the Académie de Toulouse. The experience
was not only fun but challenging, which is exactly why it was valuable for her.
Clare loved working with young people motivated to open the world for
themselves, and enjoyed learning from the cultural exchange she had with her
students every day. Her time outside work was equally valuable, building
friendships and navigating life in a different country and culture. She loved
that living in France allowed more opportunity for learning new
words/vocabulary and modes of expression almost every day.
returned to Austin in 2019, where she now works at Indeed as a Query Analyst on
the company's French job site. Clare uses her French daily in this role to
research the French job market, analyze French users' language, and speak with
her international colleagues. She is thrilled to have majored in what she loved
at Hendrix, and to now work in a role where she uses her language skills
functionally and theoretically. She is always grateful for the excellent
education she received at Hendrix, especially from her French professors who
taught her that learning any language is valuable in itself, but also as a way
to connect to the rest of the world and achieve cultural understanding.
Emily graduated from Hendrix College and began her post-graduate life as an English teaching assistant at Lycée Anatole-France, through the program TAPIF. She taught in Lillers, France and significantly improved her spoken French skills. Emily then
spent a year living in Nord-Pas-De-Calais and traveling around Belgium. Finally, Emily made her way back to the United States and entered a PhD program in African History at Ohio State University. She studies under Dr. Sarah Van Beurden and Dr.
Alice Conklin, and her research concerns exhibition history, trade routes of Central African art, and the role of African cultural heritage in colonial and decolonial politics.
A 2016 graduate, at Hendrix Gretchen double-majored in French and Spanish, which allowed her to increase her vocabulary in each language as well as learn more about Francophone and Hispanophone cultures. To this day Gretchen find that her vocabulary in both languages is incredibly vast, due to studying various pieces
of literature at Hendrix. Gretchen’s ability to write and speak in both languages also drastically improved thanks to the essays and presentations she worked on each semester. In addition to classes, Gretchen also participated in extracurricular activities through the French Department. From tutoring middle
school children in French to coordinating National French Week each year, Gretchen has many fond memories of her language-related activities at Hendrix, her favorite being the raclette dinners at Dr. Jellenik’s house. Gretchen was fortunate to go to Tours, France to participate in Hendrix-in-Tours during the
summer after her sophomore year, and studied in Lille, France the following spring semester.
After graduating from Hendrix in 2016, Gretchen moved to Zhuhai, China, to work as a Foreign Intern in the English Language Centre at United International College. Gretchen was able to participate in this program, as UIC has a relationship with Hendrix, and accepts interns from various
colleges around the US each year. Gretchen spent two years in China teaching English and one in Hong Kong. During her time abroad Gretchen was able to get a better idea of what she wanted to do in the future, in regards to her career, but was also able to keep working on skills that she had developed at Hendrix,
particularly public speaking. In 2019, Gretchen returned to the US to start the Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in International Education. Gretchen remains grateful for the opportunities that her language courses, professors and Hendrix in general gave
After graduating from Hendrix College in 2017 with a major in French and a minor in International Business, Doug relocated to Fayetteville, AR and started a career as a Fleet Manager in logistical operations with J.B. Hunt. There, Doug was responsible for legal, corporate,
and financial compliance of fourteen direct reports. Upon taking the job, Hunt was experiencing a very high turnover percentage from their employees, but Doug managed to deeply connect with his team, drop the turnover percentage down by over half, and produce record-breaking revenue figures in less than one year’s
Next, Doug moved on to another job with J.B. Hunt as Area Service Manager. As an Area Service Manager, Doug was responsible for working as a bridge between the sales and marketing departments. He helped identify profitable business avenues and successfully onboard new clientele.
In 2019, Doug helps manage a top-five national account and serves as an Operations Manager. He helps fill in for all things business-related from operations, to accounting, to recruiting. It’s a lot of work, but it’s life experience.
Doug says that he’s enjoyed his career to-date, but his goal is to eventually move on to a private investment, consulting, or marketing firm. He would love to have an opportunity to work more closely with business partners and ultimately enjoy one another’s growth and success. He has been
keeping up with his French since graduating, and hopes to be able to use his French in International Business arrangements such as those mentioned above in the future.
Lauren graduated from Hendrix in 2013 and has spent the years since her graduation taking her Hendrix education and applying it to the world around her. She moved to Asheville, North Caroline to work as a field guide for a wilderness therapy company. A year and a half later, Lauren started volunteering for an alternative education foundation, and she traveled to New Zealand to join an organizing team for the International Democratic Education Conference. Lauren spent the next year traveling around New Zealand and Australia, became certified as a massage therapist, and she learned about sustainable building through volunteer experiences. Finally, in 2016 she returned to the United States and spent the following three years as an instructor at an outdoor science school and as the assistant director of a wilderness French immersion summer camp. Lauren now lives in Denver as an alternative school pre-school teacher.
In 2019, Melissa Joiner is working as an intern at
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health, in
the Office of Community-Based Public Health. She started as a summer intern
through the Stead Scholars internship, a program held jointly between the
Arkansas Department of Health and UAMS that seeks to educate college students
about the breadth of the field of public health. Her mentors subsequently
offered her a part-time position to continue working with them throughout the school
year! As an intern, Melissa is specifically involved in a project funded by an
engagement grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; her
mentors received the grant as part of a two-year project to develop a
collaborative in the South that focuses on improving healthcare for
transgender and non-binary individuals. This collaborative, the Trans
Health Research and Advocacy Network in the South, or TRANSnetwork, is
based in partnership between trans/non-binary folks, researchers, healthcare
providers, and allies to the community as a whole. A big part of Melissa’s job
involves reaching out one-on-one to new members of the collaborative in order
to engage them in the group, as well as to ensure that all members are heard as
partners in TRANSnetwork. As a psychology and French double-major, both
of majors have been highly-yet-indirectly part of her duties as an intern. In
terms of French, her abilities in speaking the language have not explicitly
been involved in my work, though I think that the confidence sge gained over
the years through speaking French has enabled her to skillfully engage with
strangers and communicate clearly to the group as a whole. She also found that
mentioning her French major helped her connect better with others who also
speak another language, which is sometimes French!