After graduation, Petrine worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as a curatorial administrative assistant for both the Asian Art department and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (a private collection of Renaissance and Baroque European art). Petrine describes the experience: "Working for these two departments was challenging and rewarding, as I got to experience the inner workings of the museum from two different perspectives. I frequently put my foreign language skills to good use, as it was often necessary to correspond with French institutions.
While at R-MC, I realized that I could make a career out of both French and art history. At the end of my junior year, I was awarded the unique opportunity to be the only R-MC student to study at the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis for the 2005-2006 school year. As a result, I spent my senior year on the Riviera, which was a dream come true. It was not for any glamorous reason, but simply because I was able to focus completely on absorbing the language and culture of France. The added bonus was that I could finally see all the art that I had studied over the years up close and face to face; it was definitely an experience awesome enough to spoil anyone. Upon my return to the States, I was certain of the career path that I wished to follow."
Currently, Petrine is pursing a master’s degree in London, England. Petrine writes, "One day I hope to also complete a PhD and work as a curator in an art museum in the States or abroad. My experience at R-MC has thoroughly prepared me for this next step that will be taking; I cannot wait to see where life takes me".
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