Maren Hill, a French major from Cleveland, Ohio, used the resources available at Goucher to jump-start a career in language, beginning with an M.A. in secondary education.
As the result of an independent study conducted during her senior year at Goucher, Maren Hill’s passion for language translated into publishing success.
Mere months after graduating with a B.A. in French, Hill’s translation of Francophone author Marie-Félicité Ebokea’s short story, “Le Chant d’Ayolee,” appeared on the University of Western Australia’s African Literature by Women website. Hill completed her translation as an independent study with professor Flo Martin.
“The whole translating process was exciting and fun,” says Hill. “Ebokea’s story takes place in Cameroon, so I had to research certain factors to get the closest and most accurate wording. I put a lot of work and dedication into this story, and being able to see the end result online makes it all worthwhile.” Hill believes that her professor’s advice and assistance contributed greatly to the success of the translation. “I owe a lot to working one on one with Flo Martin, because we were able to talk about different ideas and meanings while exploring the story in depth.”
Hill’s fascination with French language and culture didn’t end after graduation, either. She’s currently enrolled in Goucher’s graduate programs in education, earning an M.A. in secondary education with a view toward teaching French.
Hill’s other future plans revolve around international travel—she’s already put in an application for the Peace Corps, and hopes to be placed in a Francophone country, preferably in Africa.