Study Abroad Peer Mentors

Talia Ivry

Study Abroad Program: Program by Petition: Wellesley-in-Aix, Aix-en-Provence, France, Spring 2020

Major:  Religious Studies, French Minor

Class Year:  December 2021

Why Did I Study Abroad? I began taking French as a Freshman at Pomona and fell in love with the language! I started going to Oldenborg as much as possible and noticed that immersing myself in the language was the fastest way to improve. I still remember my first time going to Oldenborg and not being able to say anything more than "Bonjour"-- but as I continued taking French classes and speaking with other French students my progress accelerated. I decided to study abroad with the primary goal of improving my French, so I chose to petition a program in Aix-en-Provence because I felt that a smaller town in France would have fewer English speakers. I was also interested in the region as a student of religious studies; France has a unique "secular" history that I wanted to learn about firsthand. I also had a family connection to France: my grandfather was born in the North and I felt that by living in the country I could connect to that part of my identity.

On-Campus Activities:  Refugee Action Network Club, Claremont Hillel

Specific Topics of Interest: Homestay, religious identity abroad, language immersion, program by petition (process)

Fall 2021 Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday, 9 – 11 a.m.