Q&A: Elise Classen (11)


Elise Classen (11) will be embarking on a six-week long trip to France. Classen had to work hard in three years of French classes in order to be qualified for the trip.

Joey Pavell, Author

Q: What trip are you are going on this summer?

A: The trip is a program through [Indiana University]. It is a foreign exchange program that is called [Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages].

Q: What are the requirements to go on this trip?

A: You need to take a test, fill out two lengthy applications and get letters of recommendations. The next year, you also have to take another foreign language class.

Q: What are you going to be doing with this program?

A: I will be studying in France for six weeks and working on linguistics, grammar, reading and culture.

Q: What made you want to go on this trip?

A: The drive to learn the language [made me want to go on the trip]. I hope to become fluent in French, and I want to major in French in college. I just want to have the background knowledge now.

Q: What are you looking forward to most on the trip?

A: [I am looking forward to] seeing all of the places and leaving the [United States]. I like the whole immersion factor, which means I will be speaking French the entire time with no English.

Q: Are there any factors of the trip that you are nervous about?

A: I am nervous about communicating with everybody thoroughly. I want to be able to get my thoughts across as well as I can in English.