Profound Professors: Madame Man-Bourdon

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Madame Man-Bourdon teaches her classes with enthusiasm, energy, and humor. I'm currently in my second semester of French, which is part of the Modern Languages department, and I cannot think of a day in her class where I haven't laughed at least once. Loving, kind, and intelligent are only a few words that describe this MC professor.

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Her Story

Originally from France, Madame came to California as an exchange student. Only planning to stay for a year, she fell in love with the United States and eventually met her husband, who is from Canada. They left California and moved to Canada, living in several different places. Then, in 1997, he received a position teaching at Mississippi State University.

That was my first experience with the South. It was quite a shock. We had a car with no air conditioning.
— Madame Man-Bourdon

She began teaching at MUW, but after a few years she decided that her children needed to work on their French. She left Mississippi to return to Canada so that her children could attend a French school. They moved back and forth and eventually settled in Jackson. Madame began teaching at Mississippi College in 2004.

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Her Teaching

Madame really enjoys her French 101 class, and each year, she teaches an advanced class in a special subject, such as literature. This year, she's teaching French and the Bible. In fact, Madame Man-Bourdon teaches herself skills or different concepts so that she can teach new classes, like a business class. She also enjoys the working atmosphere at MC, as well as the class size. She told me that she enjoys knowing all of her students and investing in their lives.

Part of education is not only what you teach, but I think that it’s important that you open the mind of your student. Make them think... Read books you wouldn’t read; see movies you wouldn’t see; have discussions you wouldn’t have... If you are constantly with people who share the same ideas, you are not going to grow. I think that the role of the university is that: to make you grow as a person. As a Christian, as a citizen, that’s what it’s for.
— Madame Man-Bourdon

Her Home

When asked what she misses most about France, Madame had a few responses. Naturally, she misses her family, but also the way of life, which she says is more carefree. We talked about economics, the government, and retirement. Madame advocates for saving, saving, and more saving for the future. 

Her advice

As a wise woman, Madame had profound advice to give, urging her students not to waste their time at a university. This is the time where we have free time to learn.

If you are in university, study. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your money in your case. Use it as a time to find who you are, to get to know yourself better, to grow as a person. Because this is the only time when you will be free... You are kind of independent, but you don’t have the responsibility of a spouse or children... But don’t forget to be a responsible being. If you are here, it is to get an education, and by that, I don’t mean get a degree. It’s more than that. Learn. Learning should be a lifelong process.
— Madame Man-Bourdon

Now that you know how wonderful Madame Man-Bourdon is, register for a French class next semester! You won't regret it.

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