Kendra McKechnie '14

mckechnie Kendra McKechnie '14 double majored in French and
 Education and completed minors in Global Studies
 and Psychology.

 Q: What kind of work do you do now?

 This September I will be teaching English as a second
 language to high school students in Chiang Mai, Thailand,
 in order to encourage the development of English, as well 
 as to promote mutual understanding across cultures. In 
 March I will also have the opportunity to pursue a
 month-long internship within Thailand in the field of my choice.

 Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience have proven
  most useful to your professional life?

 My pursuit of this grant was due to the combination of all
my Marist involvements: close relationships with my advisors, my major in French and secondary education, semesters
abroad in two different counties, even playing for the ultimate
Frisbee club team. Each activity provided me with important skills and experiences that often overlapped and reaffirmed my goal in teaching in Thailand for the year.

Q: What advice would you have for students just starting out on their college careers?
I would advise incoming freshmen to find a balance of comfort and ambition. Identify your strength and house that as a source of comfort, but continue to challenge yourself in both academics and activities outside the classroom. You never know when you'll stumble upon a new skill or life-changing experience.