Alumni Video Project

Olive Rusk – Merida 2015

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Olive Rusk – Merida 2015
Noah Roberts – Ciudad Real 2014
Daniel Riggs – Oviedo 2012
Sara Phillips-Bourass - Brest 2001

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my name is sarah phillips boros and
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i went to brest with the iuh pfl
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in france in 2001 when i was
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a student at terre haute north vigo high
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school
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and um i i knew
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from uh when i first heard about the
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program that i really wanted to do it
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because it just seemed
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so sort of intense and
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i had friends of mine who are older than
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me who had gone
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to spain i think and so i knew that it
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had really
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been a cool experience for them so um
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i never regretted it at all it was
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amazing
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i came back from france and i had
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uh basically like gotten so into french
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from the immersion experience
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that i couldn't speak english anymore
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when we first got off the plane
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um and that was a little shocking i
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remember crying in the car because i
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couldn't talk to my mom
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and i really wanted to tell her all the
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amazing things i'd done and what a great
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experience it was and like every time i
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tried to talk
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in english french would come out and it
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took like a day or two for that to sort
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of wear off
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and of course my english came back so
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don't let that scare you off from it
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but that's just to show how profoundly
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it really impacted
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my use of french my ability to think in
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french i started dreaming in french
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and now i am a high school french
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teacher um
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i never would have gotten serious about
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studying languages
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i think unless i had done the trip to
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france
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i i always recommended the program
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to my students when i was a teacher in
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indiana for eight years i taught at
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signature school in evansville
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and we had a lot of students participate
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in all different languages
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and they always came back so much more
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mature
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and confident and their language skills
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were just
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through the roof and then they really
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helped
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enrich our language program at the
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school
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uh during their senior year when they
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came back and were
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able to help their peers um because they
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had learned so much while they were
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overseas so i can't
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recommend it highly enough i really miss
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having iuhpfl
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as a resource now that i teach in
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florida
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our school where i am now has its own
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exchange program that they're very proud
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of
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and that we encourage students to go on
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um
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but in the back of my mind i'm always
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like but i wish it was a hpfl because
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um our program's only like one week they
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do get to stay with a host family
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they're paired up with
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the correspondent in france but it just
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doesn't
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do the same thing for their language
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skills
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as a full summer of immersion
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and the immersion approach that i
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learned as a student
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and that's impacted me as a teacher
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i've taught and immersion for years i
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still do
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especially my upper levels i still
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insist on speaking french
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all the time and i wouldn't
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have the confidence to teach that way
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and know
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how successful and magical it can be if
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i've ever done it as a student
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so if you're a student watching this i
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really hope you will consider
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going ahead and doing it if you're a
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little nervous
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it's totally worth the sort of what can
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seem a little scary at first
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and i know that you'll look back on it
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and think that was one of the best
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choices that you made as a high school
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student
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so good luck and
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thank you to iehpfl for
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all that you've done for so many
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students throughout the year
Clifford Lee – San Luis Potosi 2001
John Duvall – St. Brieuc 1967
Shannon Swann – St. Brieuc 1980

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