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Valerie Fernandez Gonzalez


Marian University

Studying In:

France (Summer) | *Gugel-McPherson Family Scholarship

Journal Entries

Aug 19th 2022

language barriers

May 11th 2022

Pre-Departure Vlog

More About This Scholar

“Hello” in your host country’s language: Bonjour!
Home Institution (your U.S. University/College): Marian University
Expected graduation year: 2023
Destination city & country: Lyon, France
Program provider: USAC
Major/minor: Social Work & Sociology / Writing, Global Studies & French Studies
Demographics: Hispanic/Latinx, First-Generation College Student, LGBTQ+
Future career aspirations: To work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities as a social worker. I also hope to employ writing as emotional exploration for myself and others.
Top 3 goals for your time abroad: Improve my French language skills, develop my cultural humility and understanding of the French identity through cultural immersion, and reflect by journaling daily.


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