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‘I was freaking out because I was so excited’ about winning scholarship

By Mike Moore

November 23, 2015

It’s 5:30 in the evening on a Thursday, prime dinnertime for students in the Campbell Student Union. But that’s not that case for Teylor Douglas-Perkins ’16. Her quick trip to the union is only a break in her busy day, between classes and club meetings.

“I’m the president of United Women of Color, a member of the Black Student Union, vice president of the sorority Sigma Omega Sigma, a Study Abroad fellow, a member of the Diversity Leadership Council, and a French tutor. So, yeah, it gets kind of hectic,” Teylor says.

Teylor Douglas-Perkins ’16 earned a Modern Language Scholarship at Carthage.As a French major, Teylor is using these opportunities to diversify herself for her future. She has high hopes for her future with the French language, and it all started with the scholarship she received through Carthage’s Modern Languages Scholarship competition.

“I’ve been studying French since kindergarten, when my parents enrolled me in a French Immersion School,” Teylor says. “Honestly, at first, I hated learning French. It was just horrible. I’ve gone back to the school a couple of times, and even my old teachers told me how much I hated it.”

But her attitude toward the language changed throughout her schooling.

“Once I got to high school, I started to think about my future with French. I thought about how big of a letdown it would be to me personally if I chose to not do anything professionally with French in my future,” Teylor says.

Effort paid off

Modern Languages Scholarships

Each year, students in French, Chinese, German, and Japanese compete for two renewable scholarships worth $27,000 per year. To compete, admitted students must submit a Modern Languages Scholarship application by Dec. 3.

She began the college and scholarship application process, knowing Carthage had a strong modern languages program. Each year, students in French, Chinese, German, and Japanese compete for two renewable scholarships. They’re worth $27,000 per year, and this year’s application deadline is Dec. 3.

“I figured that I had a pretty good shot since I’m basically fluent in French, and I decided to apply for it,” Teylor says.

The initial application qualified her for the second round of the scholarship competition, which required her to come to campus to complete an oral interview with a French professor and a written exam. That also functioned as her placement test.

The steps in the process were worth it to Teylor.

“I remember it was March. A letter had come for me in the mail from Carthage, but I was at school, so my parents opened it first. I figured it was just something to do with my registration, but my parents were so excited. By the time I got home and figured out what it was, I was freaking out because I was so excited,” she says.

That scholarship award letter was the deciding factor in her choice to attend Carthage.

Savoring the moment

Although senior thesis is her main focus, Teylor is trying to keep her last J-Term and spring semester at Carthage a little bit more light-hearted.

“I’m taking some more fun classes, like a Ceramics class for J-Term and two Fine Arts credits in the spring. It’s just difficult to not be overwhelmed with work,” Teylor says.

Teylor is also planning out her future. She hopes to begin graduate school in the fall.

“From there, I’m hoping to get an internship with the United Nations, and from there maybe I can land my dream job of working for them as a translator,” she says.

Reflecting on her time at Carthage and in the Modern Languages Department, Teylor is grateful for all of the incredible memories she’s made here. She does have some advice for students who are thinking about or are currently studying the languages:

“When pursuing the languages, make sure you take into consideration how much work you’re going to have to put in to get the results you want. Take advantage of the faculty and resources that are there to help you. I know that it gets challenging, but the most important thing is to never give up.”

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