Success in Modern Languages


Whittier College biology majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Find your own career and internship opportunities at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Hayley TamaHayley Tama ’15
Graduate Student in France

Hayley knew learning a new language is easier to do in the personalized attention of a small classroom, so she chose Whittier to launch her international career. Having studied both French and Spanish, she now studies at Universite Rennes 2, a university in the beautiful French city of Rennes. The experience has been indescribable, and Whittier helped her get there.

“I was happy to be able to take the classes I wanted, do a double major, work, study abroad and still graduate in 4 years. I couldn't have done any of this without the support of my former professors.”

John JacksonJohn Jackson '12
Business Development Manager at Azria Home

John traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for JanTerm with a partial scholarship, and the trip became a defining moment in his life. Amid the bustling streets and new experiences, he fell in love with learning Mandarin.

Back at Whittier, John’s professors changed the course of his life, as well. They pushed him, challenged him, and gave him the belief that he could succeed. Now, John is doing just that as he travels back and forth from Los Angeles to China, as business development manager at Azria Home.

"I am still profoundly influenced by all of the professors I had at Whittier--the discussions, the lectures, and the advice, and I will remain forever grateful."

Apollonia GalvanApollonia Galvan ’12
Graduate Student at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Apollonia’s love for the French language and cinema grew at Whittier, as did her world. As an intern for the L.A. Film Festival, she gained hands-on experience at film premiers, galas, and parties, and conversed with filmmakers. The festival affirmed her passion and strengthened her career choice to work in independent film. Entering graduate school, Apollonia felt prepared and ready to succeed in her career thanks to her strong, interdisciplinary studies at Whittier.

“Your world grows and expands a little more each day the more you learn how to communicate with a wide array of people.”