Obies using languages: Mallory Cohen, ’15

Mallory Cohen is a member of the Class of 2015 and is currently pursuing a major in Art History, with a minor in French. She studied abroad in Paris in the spring of 2014.

Last semester, I studied in Paris through Columbia University’s program at Reid Hall. In France, I spent much of my time eating bread, taking advantage of free student access to Parisian art museums, and searching (in vain) for coffee with enough caffeine. As an art history major with research interests rooted in French modernism, I was excited to learn more about Parisian culture, specifically the city’s artistic tradition, and to make strides towards my fluency-related French language goals. I took all my classes in French, and was enrolled in one of my courses with French art history students at the Sorbonne– an immensely challenging, but highly rewarding, experience. I also lived with a host family in Montreuil, a suburb outside of Paris. One of my host sisters is a professional ballet dancer. The other is a French pop star, and part of the group Éléphant– you can watch one of her music videos here!  Ultimately, the decision to spend one of my semesters abroad was one of the best I’ve made in college. I’m looking forward to continuing my study of French not only in my final year at Oberlin, but post-graduation as well.

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