French students from Barry University recently attended the France Alumni Reception at the Coral Gables Museum. The students were invited to attend the event, which took place Oct. 3, by the Consulate General of France.
Hosted by the French Embassy’s cultural services, the reception was an opportunity for Barry students to meet French culture lovers, apply for jobs and experience the cultural, educational and economic lifestyles of France.
The event included a guided tour of French Venezuelan artist Anette Turrillo’s exhibit titled “Sublimations, Women in History.” Dr. Laura Alonso-Gallo, chair of Barry’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, said the event was “the most enjoyable evening at the Coral Gables Museum.” Dr. Blanca Alvarez, associate professor of French, also attended the event with her husband.
Not only did the reception provide a networking platform for French students, but it also taught them to appreciate and coexist with those of a different cultural background.
“It was the perfect opportunity for international students like me,” said Barry student Josefina. “These events are very enriching, because they allow us to share experiences and moments with people from a different country and culture. It was an incredible event, and we are really looking forward to be part of the next one.”
The France Alumni Reception was also an opportunity for students to put their French speaking skills into practice and work on their social networking skills outside the classroom. The French Consulate and its cultural and educational offices continue to work with Professor Alonso-Gallo to provide more of these opportunities as well as internships for French students in local businesses and agencies.