Two Concordia students were honored with an Excellence in French Award from the American Association of Teachers of French.
Kathryn Nicholson ’18 and Colton Dabrowski ’18 were presented with the awards at a ceremony in April. Nicholson and Dabrowski demonstrated excellence in the study of French and speaking the French language.
Dabrowski and Nicholson studied French at Concordia under the mentorship of Dr. Gay Rawson. They both held leadership positions in the French Club.
Nicholson also studied French in high school, studied abroad and worked at the Concordia Language Villages weekend program. She is moving to Paris in August to pursue a Master of Arts degree in international affairs at the American University of Paris.
“After the completion of my master’s degree, I would like to work for international NGOs and nonprofits focusing on advocacy for refugees, women and children’s rights, and education for girls while taking the Foreign Service Exam to eventually become a Foreign Service Officer to the American government,” Nicholson said. “Ideally, I would love to live and work in the French language for the majority of my adult life and career.”
Dabrowski recently moved to Vanuatu, a French-speaking country located between Australia and Fiji, for his Peace Corps assignment at an English school.
“This community has a strong French influence from the Catholic missionaries who used to be here before Vanuatu gained its independence,” Dabrowski said. “Although I’m here to help teach English, I will use French every day to connect with community members.”