Comm' as you are: spotlight on Denise Leroy

Comm' as you are: spotlight on Denise Leroy

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Trying to find students to interview who come from distant and atypical lands is certainly the easiest part of my job, given the cultural palette that is present within the School of Communication. The hardest part is to try to settle on an appropriate hour and place where the interview can take place; it has been barely a week since school has been back on the menu and goodness me, we are already stuffed like turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Without any further ado; the international student of week is… Denise Leroy! Denise is a lovely 23-year-old student shipped in directly from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was born and raised. This wide-eyed brunette holds a “Licenciatura” in Advertising, (which is the equivalent to a Master 1 in France) from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. After a first university exchange at ESSEC in 2012, she moved to France (for good it seems) in 2013. Denise spent all of her summers in Punta del Este (Uruguay), and after being granted a scholarship, she spent a month studying Italian in at the Università per Stranieri di Siena, in Italy.

Argentina… Italy…France... I guess it wouldn’t be a wild guess to presume that Denise chooses her destinations according to the quality of its national food (I feel you, girl!). Since setting foot in Paris, however, Denise admits that she has developed a “hate and love relationship” with cheese. Haven’t we all! I have stopped counting the number of Camembert boxes that I have shamefully tossed in the recycling bin since the beginning of the semester…

However, French food was not the factor that determined Denise’s move to Paris; it was l’amour. That’s right! This lady’s found a man who liked it, so he put a ring on it. Denise is happily married and currently lives with her husband in the city of love. A perfect illustration of one of the songs from the movie AnastasiaParis holds the key to your heart!

When she is not busy selecting the best cheeses France has to offer, Denise likes to buff up her CV; indeed, she has had two significant work experiences so far, one at Procter & Gamble as a Brand PR in Buenos Aires, and another one at Canal+ as Chef de Projet e-CRM in France. It is therefore no surprise that her dream job would be to work “… within the communications department of a big company.” Moreover, in her free time, Denise usually swims, draws doodles of cute characters and animals on her tablet, or, being an unconditional music aficionado, sings to the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald or The Cure.

Pros & Cons of Sciences Po

Pros: I like the quality of the teaching staff, which is composed of professors with very rich backgrounds. I also find the students’ multicultural backgrounds very stimulating. Furthermore, I find the academic personnel very helpful when it comes to professional counselling.

Cons: {No cons!}
I am very happy with my experience in Sciences Po so far. It is true that the university is very crowded at times, but this is understandable since it is located in the centre of Paris where, as most of us know, every square metre is a luxury. I’d rather have a university that is a bit crowded and very well located, than one with a lot of free space but in the middle of nowhere.

What have been your favourite classes so far?

I really liked China’s Image, Communication, Influence; Digital Communication Industry Insider; and Rhetoric.

Quite a rosy picture, isn’t it? Denise is certainly a very happy and cheerful person, and no matter how much digging I attempted, there were no skeletons in her closet, let alone any criticisms about living in Paris… well of course except the usual sigh of discontent when talking about the Parisian metro. Well folks, this week we have a squeaky clean, optimistic lady who sure seems determined to live her life to the fullest!
Stay tuned for next week’s guests… who might be slightly different!

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