French & Francophone Studies

French & Francophone Studies DSA Mari Jimenez-Mora

Mari Jimenez-Mora

Hometown: Gurnee, Illinois
Majors: French and Psychology
Best Adjective to Describe You: Funny

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best part about being part of the French department is that everyone is willing to help you improve.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
My biggest piece of advice for first years and sophomores about getting connected to the department would be to ask for help when you need it. We all want to see you succeed!

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned at K would probably be that as long as you go out in your best effort that’s all that matters.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite class that I’ve taken so far at K would probably be Jazz Explorations because it was something that was out of my comfort zone and I ended up being super passionate about.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have taken advantage of the open curriculum in my education. I’ve taken several classes in the theater department, a class in women, gender, and sexuality, Jazz, and an English seminar.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I’ve had the opportunity to do an academic virtual internship with skills for life in Costa Rica as well as with El Concilio here in Kzoo. I’ve also worked with El Sol Elementary.

What is your SIP?
My SIP, as of right now, is looking like it will be in the French department or have something to do with linguistics.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My current aspiration is to become a teacher. My next steps after K are to get my teaching certification.