Vanessa will graduate from Acadia in May 2017 with a double major in French and Spanish. She spent her third year of study at the University of La Rioja in Spain, perfecting her Spanish and acquiring credits towards her degree. Vanessa is known to many students at Acadia through her role as a Resident Assistant, and was a Teaching Assistant for each of her three years of study at Acadia. She has also volunteered with the SMILE programme, worked as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor and been a member of Acadia Global Brigades. With this group, she organized and participated in a volunteer program to Honduras two years in a row. Following her year in France, Vanessa will pursue a Masters degree in Switzerland; she ultimately hopes to obtain a university position in languages and international affairs. She will be taking up her position as English Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Poitiers.