Meet Madeleine (Before I Become Insufferably French)

Hi everyone!  My name is Madeleine Biache (known to my friends as Maddy), and I’m a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh.

I was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, where my parents still live with my 16 year old sister and our dog.  I also have a somewhat brother, a Chinese exchange student named Justin who lived with my family for over two years, who is currently a freshman at the University of Indiana.  I am passionate about trying new foods (Indian is my favorite!), dorky movies, and travelling new places. I also play the cello (poorly), crochet, and experiment with makeup as a hobby.

I am interested in working to advance human rights, especially women’s rights, around the world.  I am particularly passionate about working with policy, which is why I hope to someday pursue law, specifically international corporate law.  My dream is to someday work for the United Nations. In the past, I have worked for local governmental offices (namely the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, and campaigning for local NJ politicians), as well as volunteering with various nonprofit organizations.

At Pitt, I am currently studying Political Science and French with a certificate in Transatlantic Studies.  I also plan to pursue a dual degree between the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration to study Global Management.  I am a sister of the sorority Alpha Delta Pi, a brother of the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and a member of the Model United Nations team here at Pitt.  I also volunteer as a mentor for the organization Strong Women Strong Girls.

This summer I will be participating in the International Internship Program in Paris.  I have chosen this program because I believe it is an incredibly unique opportunity to experience working abroad in my desired field and language.  Over the course of this program, I hope to improve my French language knowledge, especially in terms of business vocabulary.  I also hope to gain more practical experience in my desired field, which will make what I learn in class more meaningful, and give me new insight into things that I once only had an academic understanding of.  Finally, I hope to become a more confident and worldly person thanks to this program, and I believe that living abroad on my own for a summer will help me accomplish this goal.

I am unbelievably excited to participate in this program, and to share my experience here.  Stay tuned!

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