Class of: 2020
Alyssa Young, from St. Ignatius, Montana, graduated from Carroll in 2020 with a dual degree in French & Francophone Studies and International Relations.
During her time at Carroll, Alyssa studied abroad for a semester at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) in Angers, France. While there, she lived with a lovely host family of a couple with five daughters between the ages of 7 and 22. At UCO, Alyssa especially enjoyed her classes on contemporary French history and French geography and agricultural history, which inspired her senior capstone project.
At Carroll, she completed a research paper in French exploring the roles of women in French agriculture and how these may be changing over time. She compared these to American women farmers as well as her own experiences growing up in an agriculturally-centered family.
For her International Relations major, Alyssa also wrote an original case study regarding nonviolent movements against foreign and domestic actors. Her paper was submitted for publication to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Proceedings and was accepted. Read it here.
Alyssa is currently working as a social worker for Montana Child and Family Services in Helena where she works with families to create sustainable safe and loving homes for children and parents. Alyssa says that learning about the Francophone world has helped her immensely in her abilities to connect with families that she works with who have different perspectives and backgrounds.