Lights, Camera, Cannes!!

Sophia Macek Start Date: Oct 25, 2017 - End Date: Feb 1, 2018
  • Cannes, France

My Travel Story

by: Sophia Macek Start Date: Oct 25, 2017 - End Date: Feb 1, 2018
My experience with the French language has been very extensive. I happen to have grown up in Africa; specifically Benin, Uganda, South Africa, and Zambia. I have been speaking and studying French since I learned to speak. I intend to continue my studies in French, and possibly Arabic, at a higher caliber than I am used to. Growing up both my parents spoke French in the house, I also lived in Benin, a French speaking country, for my first two years surrounded by family and friends who all spoke French. My mother is a French teacher and my father has studied French and works with French speaking governments. I began my first few years or school attending a French primary school, then moved onto American International Schools. During my years after French schooling, I attended the Alliance Française, an academy for French studies, bi-weekly for several years. In the seventh grade, I was asked to take Le Grand Concours, a national French contest that consists of several multiple choice and written response questions in French. I placed 7th in the nation for my testing category and received recognition from the American Association of Teachers of French. In high school, I completed four year of honors level French, up until French 5 AP. Here at SMCM I placed into a higher French course, and have been growing in Upper Level experience ever since the beginning of my sophomore year. As for time abroad/immersion, I spent a week during my sophomore year in Paris on a school study abroad trip and I have visited France with my family for personal excursions. I believe my extensive background with French has provided me with the necessary speaking and writing skills to prosper and grow during my time abroad.
  • Cannes, France