Samantha Joustra
Majors: English & French

I spent my junior fall semester in Paris, from August to December 2009. It was easily one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I gained independence and confidence, living in a city on my own and exploring some of the most beautiful places. There’s always something to do or see. My French improved exponentially, especially from having the opportunity to be surrounded by it and making French friends.

I interned with Parutions.com, a top website that offers critique on recently published books, as well as DVD and music reviews. I worked primarily with books, reading them in French, writing reviews-all in French!-and interviewing international authors. It was invaluable and fit perfectly with what I think I want to do as a career. The IFE team was generous and helpful and made the transition to Paris as easy as possible.