CHASE FINLEY (FRENCH, MAY 2014)
Chase is from Nashville and graduated from David Lipscomb High School. It was while in high school that he first traveled to France. During his time at Tech, he spent a semester studying in Chambery, France, and also traveled to Berlin with the German Club and to Vienna through the TnCIS program. He plans to begin graduate studies in secondary education at TTU.
MARY MANNESCHMIDT (B.A. in FRENCH & B.S. in INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & CULTURES, DECEMBER 2014)
Mary is from Knoxville. She attended Farragut High School and then homeschooled her senior year. During the summer after her freshman year at Tech, Mary studied for a semester at Chambery, France, and also spent a week in Paris and a week in London.
While at TTU, Mary was active in Avant-Garde (French Club), was a member of Alpha Mu Gamma (International Honor Society for Foreign Languages), provided French tutoring and received a Foreign Languages Faculty Scholarship. In addition to her French degree, she earned a B.S. in International Business & Cultures. At the time of graduation, she was seeking full-time employment with an American or French company which conducts business in multiple countries.
Mary says that she "was always impressed by how personable Tech was, but specifically the Foreign Languages Department. It was small but connected, so it was easy to get to know people and to feel like a part of it. I chose Tech over UT Knoxville partly because of how 'at home' I felt in the smaller, closer department."
JENNA DYER (SPANISH, DECEMBER 2014)
Jenna grew up on a farm near the Putnam-Jackson County Line. She graduated from Jackson County High School in Gainesboro. During her last two years at TTU, she worked as a Spanish tutor, was active in the Spanish Club (serving as president her junior year) and was involved in the Tech Buddies Program. After graduation, Jenna plans to begin work on an MBA at Tech, with an emphasis on international business. Her goal is to be a cultural/language specialist for a corporation, and she hopes to travel a lot.
While at Tech, Jenna studied abroad in Alicante, Spain and San Jose, Costa Rica. Of those experiences, she says: "I feel it is very important for any foreign language student to study abroad in order to fully develop the ability to speak and communicate in the language. I was in Spain for four months, and I absolutely loved every second of it. I felt that simply being there gave me more desire to learn. I also lived in Costa Rica for two months, which was more of a learning experience. Living with a host family was my favorite part of the experience in each country. The families help you learn so much, and make you feel at home. Studying abroad was the best decision I made while studying Spanish at TTU. It's fun, exciting and a learning experience you'll never forget!"