"In 2010 I studied abroad in Paris. I lived at the foot of Montmartre, right at where the salacious Pigalle and the sublime Sacre Coeur meet. It took me a little while, but I eventually fell in love with that part of the city, and wanted to explore it further when I got back to Bryn Mawr. I had already been a declared Cities major (specializing in urban and environmental history) and I had taken many of the language and literature classes in the French department, but I was initially shy to double-major. It was my love of Montmartre and a budding interest in film, that led me to write a thesis about 1950s film noir in Paris, and the use of the car and elevator as symbols. It ended up being the most intellectually exciting work of my college career.
For the last four years I have been the associate web and digital producer for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The show covers arts, books and issues, and I have since learned even more about film than I could've ever imagined. In fact, my first conversation with Terry was about film noir. And I get back to France every chance I get, most recently with a fellow Mawrter, to wine country in Bourgogne."