Hello my name is Arielle Exner. I’m 22 years old. I’m from the state of Wisconsin in the United States, specifically a suburb of Milwaukee called Racine.

I graduated from Boston University where I earned my Bachelors of Science in sociology, while also studying french and journalism. There, I had the opportunity to study in Paris for four months in the spring of 2015. After my time spent there, I knew I wanted to return to France as soon as possible to continue improving my french and learning more about the culture.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading, photography, travel and listening to music. Growing up, I also danced ballet, contemporary, etc. and played violin.

I have two sisters and one brother who all currently reside in Chicago. My parents still reside in Racine. I have a 2-year-old niece and a nephew on the way!

Currently I live in Bethune with a host family. I work in two primary schools in Annezin and Hinges. I’m very grateful to be here in France and a part of this program. I love working with the students and teachers while immersing myself in another country’s way of life.

After TAPIF, I’m going to return to Chicago and spend a lot of time with my family. I would like to continue my studies and earn my masters in public policy with a focus on education policy. I hope to continue to use french in my professional and personal life. I would love to live and work here again sometime in the near future.