Professor Kaufmann (or as we called her, Captain K) was a highlight of my study abroad experience! She is clearly passionate about learning and teaching languages, and it is evident in all that she does. I learned not just the “official” French, but she also taught us colloquialisms and useful phrases for travel and navigating around France. She goes the extra mile to help her students too – not just in language, but in life. When I was traveling after my program, I had a super tight train connection to make and a very broken suitcase. She met me in the train station in Paris and helped me drag my luggage to the connecting station (I made the train!).