What I'm doing now
Floriane: I'm an Internal Communication Projects Manager at EY (Ernst & Young) in Paris, one of the "big four" audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance and legal services firms in the world. I've been living in Paris since 2010 and still discovering all it has to offer.
Charlotte: I’m Head of Digital Marketing at Comexposium, a world leader in events organisation, whose HQ is in Paris’ Business District, La Défense. I’ve been in Paris for 10 years and love life here so much, that I became French! It is impossible to be bored in this beautiful city.
My best Lancaster memory
Floriane: There are many great memories from my time in Lancaster, but the fondest ones are moments I shared with different societies and groups. I had a blast with the crazy and fun students in the Theatre Group, enjoyed the wet and challenging practice sessions with the Women's Football team and met the lovely members of the Gospel Choir, whose kindness and enthusiasm I will never forget.
The opportunities to express creativity were (and surely still are) countless at Lancaster! I was always impressed by all the talents in one place and sometimes where you did not expect them. I also actually discovered food I liked (and that's saying something being French!) - baked potatoes, pasties and of course, the good old cup of tea!
Charlotte: My year abroad… which wasn’t technically at Lancaster, I know, but so grateful that this was part of my degree! My time in France and Spain opened me up in a way no-one can understand unless they have lived and thrived from it like I did. In my final year, I then went on to co-found the Erasmus society to bring together exchange students with local students through social events, make sure they feel more at home and that they get everything they can from their time at the uni and in the UK. With these experiences, I made amazing connections and many life-long friendships. Lancaster is definitely responsible for me wanting - and having the courage - to set up life in France after graduation!
What Lancaster means to me
Floriane: For me, and surely for most of us, Lancaster was my first time leaving the nest; my first taste of freedom. Add to that the experience of living abroad and you're hooked for life. It was a time of new discoveries, of new academic rhythm, meeting with overseas students and sharing dinners with flatmates (trying not to burn the building down!) and enjoying the Lake District or trips to Manchester and London. And, of course, the airport stress when you have that over-heavy suitcase when returning from the Christmas holidays with the family.All in all, learning so much so fast - especially about yourself.
Charlotte: For me, it’s the time when you really discover who you are, what you’re made of and what you want from life. I wanted the campus experience and I got it. From living away from home (for me in 3 countries), partying like crazy, studying like crazy, being part of every possible society and group, making friends from all over the world… you experience and change so much during your time at Lancaster.
Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator
Floriane: I love meeting new people as well as keeping in contact with the ones I have already met. Whether it is professional networking, making new friends, helping out a placement student in a new city or just having a chat about Lancaster, I think we can all benefit in sharing our experiences. It will be a pleasure to help make it happen!
Charlotte: I love meeting new people and started attending events with the Lancaster alumni chapter here in Paris a few years ago. It is a great initiative and I’m so happy to now get more involved. I want Lancaster to continue to be recognised by employers abroad as well as at home, for the active network here to grow both in numbers and in terms of support and for us alumni to come together to share our knowledge and experiences …and have some fun too bien évidemment!