After finishing her Bachelor of Arts, Emily was accepted into the UQ French Honours program. Since starting Honours, Emily has been MC for Australia’s biggest French Festival and is now one of its committee members. She was also awarded the Mabel Pingel Scholarship for excellence in French and completed a Winter Research Program with the UQ French department. Her passion for language and theatre drove her to direct and produce Brisbane’s first ever French play entirely in French with English subtitles. Local high school students, French expatriates and Francophiles alike attended the sellout season. Emily aspires to use theatre as a tool to not only introduce French theatre culture to Australians, but also give second language learners the opportunity to engage with the French language outside the classroom. With theatre and French on her mind, Emily will continue to produce and direct French plays in Brisbane while continuing her research in post-colonial studies. 

"After having already completed a degree, the decision to return to university was not a decision taken lightly. Having said that, it was one of the most profitable and rewarding decisions I have ever made. My skills and employability as a graduate have greatly increased since learning French. Better still, I have seized countless opportunities after coupling my previous degree with a second language and have now forged relationships with French communities both nationally and internationally.

In a nutshell, learning French at UQ is a must. The French team is consistently awarded for its excellence in teaching and innovation, and is relentless in its efforts to improve second language learning in higher education."

Emily has a Bachelor of Arts (French Major and Anthropology Minor) from The University of Queensland.