Student-athlete sets sights on France
In addition to being a four-year starter for the Rosemont field hockey squad, Kristen Reilly also has sparkled on the softball diamond this past spring. The same holds true off the field.
This fall, Reilly, a senior French studies major, will be heading to France to teach English as part of a French Ministry of Education and Cultural Services program. The program seeks English- and French-speaking Americans to work as teaching assistants in French primary and secondary schools.
Beginning in late September, Reilly, who served as co-captain of this year’s Rambler field hockey squad, will begin a six- to nine-month teaching assignment at the Academie de Strasbourg.
“As an English language assistant, I am there to get the kids to speak English through various activities and lessons I will plan,” said Reilly.
Reilly said she learned of the program early in her career at Rosemont. “I heard about the program in my freshman or sophomore year and wanted to do it ever since,” she said. “My mind was set from then on to do this program after I graduated.”
Reilly is no stranger to France. She has visited the country multiple times since high school. She passed the DELF B2 French Proficiency Exam and was awarded a diploma from the French government. Reilly also has added a little French flair to the Rosemont campus as co-president and founding member of L’Association Francophone de Rosemont, the college’s French club.
“I’m so excited. Strasbourg was my first choice, so I’m happy about that. This will be a great experience,” said Reilly.
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