"My studies of French language and literature have had a significant influence on my personal and professional life. Studying French is not merely for those who want an academic career. My interest is working in national security, and my knowledge of French is an important asset. Not only am I able to communicate with and learn from French-speaking people around the world, but I am also able to read and evaluate French and Francophone materials in their original language. Studying French has led me to a semester at Sciences Po in Paris and an internship at UNESCO in Paris, and has given me a unique perspective on international relations and security that sets me apart."