Posted by: Amy Chandler | April 4, 2008

France friend makes the news: Judith Ellis

The title and header photo on this blog make it fairly clear that I love France and cherish the summer that I spent there. That being said, I was thrilled to pick up The Red & Black today so see one of the students who traveled with me featured on the front page.

Judith is a vibrant woman in her 60’s who came to UGA to pursue her dream of finishing her bachelor’s degree in French. In the summer of 2006, she joined our group as a student on the UGA en France trip in Montpellier. At first it was difficult for us to understand why she would want to spend the summer in France with a group of 20 year olds. We soon realized that Judith is young at heart, and she became a friend (not to mention a wonderful tour guide!) on our trip.


Judith is passionate about both art and education, and she made sure that we all experienced the cultural opportunities that France had to offer. However, Judith’s personality is far from stuffy, and we had a great time with her whether touring the Palais des Papes in Arles, eating lunch for Jordan’s birthday or just riding the tram to our dreaded classes at Paul-Valery.

Perhaps Judith related so well to us because she spent a year in France when she was about our age. She planned on visiting for a summer but ended up staying for an entire year as a nanny in Paris.

I hope you’ll check out the article. It definitely is inspiring to spend time with someone who pursues a French degree because she’s determined to learn more about a language and culture that she loves.

Like Judith said, she definitely won us all over.



  1. My wife’s mother (ie, my grandmother-in-law) is the neatest woman in the world and much like you describe Judith. The only difference is that Laurel is in her 80s.
    Laurel started taking courses at her local community college when she realized that she was eligible for free tuition as a senior citizen. What an amazing lady.
    People like Judith and Laurel cement my determination NOT to watch soap operas for the majority of the day when I get a little gray hair.

  2. What a cool story! I agree with you in that, so long as good health remains, there’s no reason to stop living life in the later years.

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