I’m Sara Sample; I graduated from Albion College in 2015 and I’m currently working as an English teaching assistant at lycée Benjamin Franklin in Orléans, France. As part of my job, I work with small groups of students in helping them practice their English inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, I assist the lycée's English teachers in organizing classroom activities with larger groups of students. I work with an average of about 15-18 students, which makes my job very rewarding. My journey up to this point has been incredible and I can’t wait for what the future has in store for me. Join me on my journey by following my blog and keep up with all of my amazing experiences.
As a student of French and biology at Albion, I traveled to France, Cameroon, and Senegal to develop my interests in global health. These experiences researching abroad culminated in a French departmental honors thesis, which positioned me for graduate studies in the field. At Albion, the liberal arts training I received in both the humanities and the sciences gave me the skills to solve health problems in the developing world by using a foreign language.
Soon after finishing my degree, I started a MPH program at the Boston University School of Public Health. In conjunction with my global health concentration, I plan to work towards a certificate in African Studies through BU. In Boston, my focus is on improving health outcomes of the West African LGBTQ population. While pursuing a graduate degree, the Boston University School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education also hired me to work as a student employee on campus.
Out East, I’m looking forward to networking with Albion alumni, eating New England seafood, and becoming a Red Sox fan. Go Brits!
Recent graduate Genevieve Kukurugya-Rabaut heads for France later this year, at the invitation of the French government. Kukurugya-Rabaut was accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), a program of the national government that provides American English teachers for the public school system. She will spend seven months teaching in the Versailles area, near Albion's sister cities of Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly.
Kelly Kobus, '07, is three years into running A Piece O' Cake, a flourishing gourmet bakery in East Lansing. She's also already spun off a separate entity, Le Bon Macaron, which specializes in the French almond-based confections. The cake decorator, who majored in French and minored in art at Albion, adds a certain je ne sais quoi to her matrimonial centerpieces, some of which contain multiple layers and reach 30 inches in height.
Mallory Brown, '07, launched worldclothesline.com in September, where visitors can purchase American-made apparel (T-shirts and sweats) for themselves, and for each item purchased, an item is donated to people in poverty-stricken areas in Indonesia, Peru, and the United States. Brown was inspired to start her business after backpacking through the countries after graduation. Brown's endeavor gained the attention of Detroit Free Press writer Megha Satyanarayana for a story that was published Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.