French culture has always been an important aspect of my life. This passion was instilled in me by my mother who raised me with a certain respect for the culture and language. She herself studied abroad during college and spent many summers with our French cousins growing up. For the time being, my mother is the only French speaker on our side of the family and is the only person keeping up the relationship with our cousins. It has always been a dream of mine to learn French and carry on the legacy of my mother. Another point of great interest to me is to learn more about my family history. My great grandmother, who was born and raised in France has fascinated and intrigued me to learn more about my own heritage in that region.
When I was a junior in high school, I studied abroad in France for one short month. Although I did stay with a family, my rudimentary French skills at the