As all seniors are aware, graduation is fast approaching, and soon after, many are planning to take the route abroad. Some are heading to Germany; others to volunteer in South or Central America; others are hoping to work in Spain as part of Maddeas; and still others will work in Italy or Ireland.
Lauren Pauletti, a French and biochemistry major, will teach English in France after graduation. Working through the French Ministry of Education, Pauletti was placed in the Portiers region, in west central France. Like many University of Dallas students, Pauletti has always wanted to go abroad after college and has been looking for ways to make it happen.
“French was a marketable skill I had — languages are a good way to get you across the pond,” Pauletti said.
According to Pauletti, France also has more opportunities than other French-speaking countries such as Belgium or Switzerland.
Pauletti has spoken French since freshman year of high school with eight total years of academic study. She doesn’t plan on teaching for the rest of her life, but she looks forward to opportunities to perfect her French before coming back to Texas for a medical degree. Pauletti hopes to combine her two majors, inspired by her experience volunteering, by teaching English to refugees from the Congo and Myanmar. She has also considered becoming a part of Doctors Without Borders or a doctor for French-speakers in need.
Jacob Loel, another French major, will also be teaching in France, somewhere in L’Académie d’aix-Marseille, one of the sectors the Ministry of Education uses to divide the country. His region is in the southeast, spanning areas that include much of the Alps and part of the Côte d’Azur.
“I always really wanted to go have a little adventure after school,” Loel said. “My top choices were … overseas islands that belong to France. I didn’t get those, but honestly I’m lucky to get anything. Around 50 percent of applicants get this job; it’s not an easy job to get.”
In the future, Loel hopes to work with refugees from Francophone Africa, but in the meantime, he is excited to bring his French to a higher fluency.
However, France is only one of many countries the class of 2016 will be entering. Keelin des Rosiers and David Flynn will be the new Rome Resident Coordinators on the Due Santi campus in Rome, Italy.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity to stay in the UD community, because I think in the future I want to go to grad school. I just don’t want to go yet,” des Rosiers, a French and English major, said. “I’ll still be within the academic atmosphere without studying.”
As a language student, she also looks forward to learning Italian. She hopes to meet some Italians to practice the language before traveling, but she doesn’t expect to have much time to do so. Unlike many students traveling abroad, des Rosiers and Flynn also have the benefit of already knowing some people at their destination.
Des Rosiers has already travelled abroad many times and has even lived in France for a summer. However, she does hope to travel to other countries and visit some that she may have missed during her semester in Rome as a student.
“Romania is at the top of the list,” des Rosiers said. “I travel any moment I can.”
Not all graduates will face language barriers though. Hannah Glick, an English major, is heading to Dublin, Ireland, to do a year of missionary work with Opus Dei. While Glick knew she always wanted to go abroad for a year after college, she hadn’t settled on Ireland until the Rome semester.
During her weeklong trip in Ireland over Thanksgiving, Glick and her friends went to Mass in Dublin.
“Afterwards, a woman came up to me, and was really excited that we were all there, and she just tapped me on the shoulder and asked, ‘’We never see young people here — where does your faith come from?,’ ” Glick said. “That’s been in the back of my mind ever since that hour and a half long conversation I had with some random woman in Dublin.”
The conversation inspired her decision to volunteer in Ireland.
“The Church is struggling hardcore over there right now,” Glick said. “It’s hard enough trying to figure out your life, but to not have your faith to rely upon? I can’t even imagine how hard that would be.”
While there, she will focus on helping other college students.
Part of Glick’s missionary work will include taking a group of students to World Youth Day in Poland, and she may travel to different parts of Ireland for weekend missionary assignments.
UD graduates have shown themselves to be independent thinkers when choosing their future paths, and it seems whether one wants to volunteer or work, whether one can speak another language or not, there is something for everyone outside America’s borders.