Shannon Rooney | January 4, 2017
“Un cafe, s’il vous plaît.”
Senior Nicolle Ho brought home this useful phrase, in addition to an impressive body of academic research, gained over several study abroad experiences in France.
Ho, an Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics major with a minor in European Studies, says she first became interested in France and European Studies after her first French language courses at Notre Dame.
“The intensive French courses quickly became my favorite classes, and the language my personal passion,” says Ho. “I never felt like I was working for a grade, but rather to improve my command of the language.”
In her free time, Ho worked with the language tutors at the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, read French children’s books, and participated in Le Cafe Français, a French coffee hour put on by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Ho’s most recent Fall Break trip to France was funded by a research grant through the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The Nanovic Institute offers grants that allow undergraduate students to pursue their studies abroad, part of its mission as an interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions of Europe.
Director Dr. A. James McAdams, who is also the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs, says the entire process, from grant proposal to study abroad, is a learning experience.