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Meet our French Program Alumnae of the semester: Lynn Murphy & Briana Leaman

Get to know two featured alum every semester. Hear firsthand about their experiences in the USC French Program, and see how they're putting their French degrees to work after graduation.

Lynn Murphy, Bachelors in French, 2015

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Describe your experience with the USC French program.

Overall I had a very enjoyable experience with the USC French program. Originally French was my minor but my senior year I switched it over as my major.

What did you like best about being a student in the French program at USC?

What I enjoyed best about being a student in the French program at USC was the fact that the program is considerably smaller than others. As a result, I felt more connected to my classmates and professors on a personal and academic level.

What is the most valuable thing you learned during your French studies?

It's difficult to really pick one certain thing that I found to be the most valuable from my French studies but I think the most useful skill I acquired was persistence. There were many times that I felt stuck in developing my skills as a French speaker or that I was not making any progress in my studies. However, to my surprise at the end of each semester I would see that I had in fact made a lot of strides and progress. No matter how frustrated I felt though, I have to say that my professors always remained encouraging and supportive of me, which I came to greatly appreciate.

Tell us about your current job.

My current job is working for a local coffee shop, but in the mean time I am looking for different teaching positions in the Columbia-area, as well as applying to grad school to continue studying French.

How often do you still use your French?

Not as often as I would like!

Félicitations pour ton diplôme, Lynn ! 


 Briana Leaman, Bachelors in Music Performance, Minor in French, 2013

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Describe your experience with the USC French program.

I was a French minor at USC and spent multiple study abroad opportunities studying in France both individually (through USC grants like Magellan and Exploration Scholar grants and the Residential Mini Grant) and through classes at USC.

What did you like best about being a student in the French program at USC?

I really liked the small classes, which I think is especially important in a language class since discussion and quick feedback are so important. I also liked that each class was structured very differently so we got to learn French in a lot of different environments and around different sets of vocabulary. For instance I had classes where we Skyped with students in France and then went to visit them with Dr. Lomicka-Anderson which gave us the benefit of learning in a native-speaking and direct cultural environment. I had French literature classes and grammar/current events classes, and classes on the history of France and the present culture. I feel that this gave me a well-rounded experience of learning the language and prepared me well for studying abroad.

What is the most valuable thing you learned during your French studies?

I think the most valuable thing I learned during my French studies was from my French classes on the history of France from the beginnings of civilization to the present. It gave me a very interesting knowledge and perspective of current French culture, and allows me to understand cultural references now that I am living in France. Learning this information in French was great, too, because it makes even more sense when it's mentioned here and I am able to discuss things with the correct vocabulary.

Tell us about your current job.

I am currently finishing my master's degree (Master Professionnel: Composition et Interprétation Musicale) in oboe performance through the Haute École des Arts du Rhin at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg and Université de Strasbourg in France.

How often do you still use your French?

I live in France and interact with teachers, friends, and the public on a daily basis in French. I am writing an 80+ page thesis at the moment as part of my degree here, and all of my classwork has been completed in French.

Félicitations pour ton diplôme, Briana !