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Alumni Spotlight: Mamadou Keita '13

mamadou keita

BA French and International Relations


Darby, PA

Current Position

Client Operations Representative 
Agilent Technologies

My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in french and international relations?

I decided to major in French because I needed an edge in life. Although I'm from Guinea, a French-speaking country, I needed to continue learning the language because I left Guinea when I was young. Learning a new language gives you a different perspective. It allows you to appreciate the unknown and become tolerant of others. This is what I have learned in my years studying French at Widener. Of course, I can't deny the passion I had for the language itself. I loved how I sounded speaking it, and I didn't want to lose that gift.

what made you choose widener?

I chose Widener because of its student-to-faculty ratio. Coming out of high school, I had many decisions to make on what I needed in life. I wanted to be surrounded by people that care and that would devote their time to make sure that I get the education I deserve. Upon learning about Widener, I couldn't resist the good things I found out about the institution. Its French major is tailored to students’ needs. Also, its sense of community, engagement, and leadership assured me that Widener is a place I wanted to be.

My Professional Experience

what do you like most about your current position?

At work, I use French every day. I have clients that I correspond with from Quebec, and that helps me retain my skills in French, both in speaking and writing. I have a great level of confidence because I know that I'm well equipped to do my job. It would not have been possible if my Widener professors didn’t push me beyond my comfort zone.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

The French program at Widener is very opulent. The program is very diverse and designed to satisfy your intellectual curiosity beyond the language itself. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. By the end, I was glad I studied French, because it taught me other things that I couldn't get in any other major at Widener.