FRIT Ambassadors

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Dakota Daniel

Dakota Daniel

My name is Dakota Daniel and I have a double major in nursing and Italian. I will be graduating in the spring of 2021 and while I am not sure of my exact path in nursing, I hope to work in critical care. In addition, I am looking into being a medical interpreter for the Italian and Italian-American population in Columbus. I decided to continue studying Italian in college after taking four years of the language in high school, and Dr. Aski encouraged me to take the minor to a major. As I’ve continued learning Italian, I have realized how valuable it is to speak a second language, not just for communication but the critical thinking skills and cultural appreciation that come with language acquisition. Learning Italian here at Ohio State is also particularly special because you are able to form personal and professional relationships with your instructors. Every professor cares deeply about their students and truly wishes for them to excel in all aspects of their life.


Tristan Monteith

Tristan Monteith

My name is Tristan Monteith, I am majoring in Public Affairs, Political Science and French and Francophone Studies. The first day that I walked into my French 1103 class, my first college-level class ever, I was expecting it to be a General Education requirement. That class reminded me of my passion for French. I decided that I wanted to study French in my college career in some capacity, even` just minoring. The professors I have had in the French department have been my favorite at this university and have truly made my college experience what it has been thus far. I am so lucky to have these people to support me in my academics. 

After Graduation I would like to obtain my Master's in Public Administration and potentially attend law school after that to work in family, environmental, or international law. I hope that French serves as a way I can communicate with different people in my job if I am able. 


Rose Tyler

Rose Tyler

Hello! My name is Rose Tyler, and I study French and psychology here at Ohio State and plan to graduate in the spring of 2021. After graduation, I plan to enroll in a doctoral psychology program where I'll research children's cognitive and social development. I loved taking French in high school and wanted to continue practicing the language and learning more about French culture. I love how the department here is big enough to bring professors from France and to offer amazing study abroad opportunities, but also close-knit enough that I know most of my fellow French classmates and have grown close to them over the years. I'm so grateful for everything I've learned from the FRIT department and my summer abroad in Paris!


Jarod Griffith

Jarod Griffith

I plan to graduate in 2022 with a major in Romance Studies and minor in Neuroscience. I initially did not plan on majoring in Romance Studies but rather in Neuroscience. I had planned to take French 1103 as my last language course but it was during this class that I really began to understand the language and the culture. I enjoyed that I could think in a different way, communicate with more people across the globe and better understand the differences as well as the similarities across cultures. I then went to the FRIT welcome party to learn more about the professors and the majors that were offered. I was most intrigued by Romance Studies major. I liked the idea of being able to learn multiple languages during my undergrad and wanted to know if this is something that I would be interested in. So I took a Spanish class to see if I felt the same joy that I had while learning French… and I did.

What I love the most about this department is the welcoming atmosphere. I feel like I could approach my professors and have meaningful conversations not only about French, Italian or the course program, but even about what is happening in my own life and in the world around us. I feel that they care for me and my success as a student.

I am uncertain of what career I would like to pursue after graduation whether that be teaching, interpreting, continuing my education or even something entirely different. I do know for sure that I do not see a future where I don’t speak another language every day.


Owen Morrish

Owen Morrish

I am a senior with majors in Romance studies and migration studies and a psychology minor. I first became interested in language learning after visiting Montréal at a young age, and have since enjoyed learning French, Italian, and Spanish on the Romance studies major. I am proud to be part of the inclusive FRIT community and love the department’s emphases on intercultural competency and post-colonialism. After graduating in May 2021, I plan to pursue an MA in Migration Studies.


Athena Markowski 

Athena Markowski

My name is Athena and I am majoring in Journalism and double minoring in Italian and Media Production and Analysis. I plan to graduate in 2023. I study Italian because it connects me to my heritage. My grandpa immigrated from Italy, and I want to pay homage to my family by continuing to study the language and culture. After graduation I would love to move forward with sports journalism and one day travel to Italy to experience their sports culture. 


Preston Newkirk

Preston Newkirk

My name is Preston Newkirk and I am a junior studying Civil Engineering and French. I’m fortunate enough to have studied French since kindergarten and over the years I’ve witnessed first-hand how language can help build friendships with people from all over the world. The French language has expanded my opportunities and provided me the tools I need to work internationally. I plan to focus my career around humanitarian engineering work and my French language skills. After graduating, I hope to join the Peace Corps and teach math and science in a Francophone country. 

 


Alexis Vance-Townsend

Alexis Vance-Townsend

Hello! I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in French. At first, I chose to study French as a minor because it was a natural continuation of my studies in high school, but I quickly found out that it was a nice break from the heavy science/math curriculum of my major and rounded out my college education. I’m also very interested in French aesthetic and francophone culture, so it has been very rewarding to further my knowledge and experience with it. I love that the department is relatively small because you really get to know much of the amazing staff on a fairly personal level. It personally makes me more likely to come out of my shell during class. Upon graduation this spring, I am planning on taking a gap year before I apply to medical school so one, I have a bit of a break before drowning in work again, and two, so I can gain some more valuable experience in the medical field. In the more distant future, I am excited to use my French experience in working abroad for doctors without borders, and upon retirement, it is my dream to have a small house in the south of France.