An Unlikely Mix that Produced a Fulbright

When she was still at Hamilton College, Eunice Lee ’16 made it a point to pursue everything she loved, leading her to majors in environmental studies, with an art focus, and French. It was a mix that might look, to some, rather random.

“It definitely wasn’t until after I was abroad in Paris with Hamilton in France that I saw I was doing something right,” Lee says.

It was there that she learned about the European Union’s food policy and Basque Country culture. From there, Lee secured a Fulbright U.S. student grant, graduated, and is based at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research in Toulouse, France, researching the EU’s food-quality policy and the affect of related regulations on small farming communities.

“When Professor Martine Guyot-Bender encouraged me to apply for the Fulbright, I realized that this topic also somehow perfectly combines all of my interests. I guess it just goes to show you that following your passions can create some pretty awesome opportunities in life,” Lee says.

In both environmental studies and French, her professors provided a great support system that made it possible to have two majors and still spend a full year abroad.

“After my Fulbright, I would love to pursue a career involving food. But whether it involves writing, cooking, research or policy-making, who knows? That sort of uncertainty might be scary for some, but I know that I've graduated with a wealth of knowledge and variety of skills that will help me find the right path eventually,” she says.

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