Nichole Francois

New York, NY

Majors and certificates

Journalism and Mass Communications, French, and Digital Studies

Graduation year


After graduation

Currently, I'm interning at BuzzFeed! I've also been the graphic designer and social media coordinator for The Nitty Gritty.


My last name is a very popular French first name, so I decided to take French when I was 12. I continued it throughout college!

How language enriched

It's amazing to know not only about French culture, but about other Francophone countries. Two of my favorite French classes were the history ones! I looooove history and French history was amazing to learn about in French.

Favorite memory

The classes were smaller and they were super interactive! I actually enjoyed going to French class. Valued experiences

How language was maintained

I've lost a bit of it, but at BuzzFeed/in NYC, I've gotten to hear French so much more often! I've even got to respond to emails in French, so that's been exciting. I try to do easy things to keep up with my French- like listening to Disney songs in French at work or watching movies in French.

Advice for others

KEEP GOING! If you can major or minor it, go for it!!! I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual. If you can, take more than one language. I now live in one of the most highly populated Spanish-speaking neighborhoods in the US, and I wish I knew Spanish!

Favorite word or phrase

ça en vaut la peine (it's worth it)


 I'm so glad I majored in French. The classes were great and I love being bilingual.