French & Francophone Studies

French & Francophone Studies DSA Liz Ballinger

Liz Ballinger

Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Majors: French and Psychology
Minor: Studio Art
Study Abroad: Lyon, France
Best Adjective to Describe You: Creative

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Support and encouragement to learn more than just a language.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Go to the events! They may seem scary, but no one is going to judge you for how you speak the language. The more you speak the better you’ll get!

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned that there are always people out there who will love you for who you are, you just have to find them!

What has been your favorite class at K?
The FREN-435 class last spring, Rethinking the World! We learned about different social movements, art, and music from around the Francophone world. I was able to do my final presentation on the history of the Pride March in France and the United States.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I’ve had the chance to take classes I never would’ve thought of taking, like Chinese Sci-Fi, Bell Ringing, and French Theatre: Evil and Ethics, and so many more. The number of topics you can learn so much about in 10 weeks is amazing!

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I am participating in a Community Building Internship (CBI) this summer with the YWCA. I started and currently run a peer support group for neurodivergent students. I am an Interfaith Student Leader.

What is your SIP?
A literature review on the symptom differences of ADHD in men and women.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to go into a doctorate program for psychology.

Generally speaking, what is your favorite thing about K?
I love all the people I have had the opportunity to meet, both on and off-campus.

What is a random fun fact about you?
I have been running a small art business selling clay dragon sculptures since I was a junior in high school!