I wasn’t sure how I would manage being co-president of French club as a freshman, but this semester has given me quite a lot to think about. Somehow, I ended up being both the youngest and most dependable one of us which I definitely didn’t expect. Of course, you have to take into consideration that the others are further along in their programs and have much less time (not that I have much to speak of either) to plan, arrange, and attend meetings and events. That leaves my young self to be the life force of this tiny group. It’s a quest I bear with honor, to be sure.
Honestly, I feel like more French was learned and exchanged, both language and culture-wise, than in the previous semester. We also managed to meet on a consistent basis. Furthermore, French exchange students attended! This was a major achievement brought on by a delicate combination of begging, recruiting, extensive Facebook messaging, and luck. In fact, Genna (our most enthusiastic native French member) started attending as part of a project for her marketing class.
We did, however, also have our share of bumps in the road. We never did get university funding. My predecessor left with little warning and no paperwork completed which meant we then missed the deadline to apply. That was a major hurdle, but we made do and plan to do better in the future. Of course, then there was the arrest and the subsequent scramble for us (mostly me) to find an interim faculty sponsor for French Club. Luckily, I had previously made some connections in the department and managed to pull something together. All in all, it’s been a wild ride. Let’s see if I get elected again? (Bonne Chance!)