Joshua Minshall

My hometown when I was a student was

Holly, MI

I graduated in


I studied


I currently live in

Pinckney, MI

I am now

a Substitute Teacher/Tutor

Since graduating from Alma

I visited France again briefly and I plan on participating in the TAPIF program in the near future to teach English in public schools. I’m currently a substitute teacher and English tutor in Pinckney, MI. Right now, I’m researching MA programs for French/TESOL and considering some AmeriCorps positions in and around Michigan, as well as in France. 

I’ve also been tutoring non-English speakers in grammar, conversation, and pronunciation. Having had so much teaching experience in Alma, I have been able to continue gaining knowledge in the teaching world. 

What’s next for me? Either France to teach, a masters program to learn or a steady French teaching job.

My Alma education

helped me in my endeavors since graduating. Having traveled to France already, going back is much easier than going for my first time. I was accepted to the 2014-2015 TAPIF program in Versailles, France because of my intensive studies and teaching experience at Alma College. I also have the option of obtaining my Master’s Degree in France, since I already have experience living and studying there. My transcripts approved me to be a substitute teacher and helped me get certified as an english tutor. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Theta Chi and Kappa Iota, as well as the theatre.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Arnold was definitely my favorite professor, the one who I learned the most from and worked the most with. She knows what students are capable of and is willing to push them to their own personal successes. I also enjoyed working with Joe Jezewski in the theatre program and sociology classes with Jon Arlt. 

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

from a long time ago at the homecoming parade when I was in high school and my sister was a sophomore at Alma and I realized that I wanted to study there after high school. 

My off-campus study experience(s) included

studying abroad in the fall of my senior year (2012) in Paris, France at the Alliance Française de Paris. As a foreign language major at Alma, studying abroad is required to get the major, so as a French major, I thought, “Why not Paris?” 

Studying abroad to this day remains one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had so far in life. Being able to immerse myself in the French language and culture took me so much further in my ability to express myself in French, as well as fine tuning my writing, listening and analyzing skills. 

Alma’s study abroad program was wonderful in terms of setting things up for students once in their foreign country, and I encourage all students who are considering studying abroad to do so. 

Traveling in Europe is really cheap, so in studying abroad. I was able to visit other countries like the UK and Spain. I think every student should take full advantage of this! Culture and travel can broaden ones mind so much more than expected.