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Student profile: Margot Lambilliotte's mission to master China's language, culture, global role

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Margot scrolling through her favorite BBC news blog, coffee in hand. (Photo by Angela Wang)


Meet Margot Lambilliotte, a first-year Global Business Journalism student from France.

Margot was born in 1993 in the small town of Amiens (the hometown of French President Macron), which is 90 minutes from Paris. She was the first of three children in her family – and one of the others is her twin brother, who arrived moments after her!

After graduating from high school, she understood the importance of maximizing on her strengths in order to get ahead. Linguistics is her forté. She attended the University of Picardie Jules Verne (majoring in English and Chinese) which catapulted her into her next degree at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (majoring in International Relations). She has written professional journalism stories for French publications, but hopes to improve her writing skills in English and Chinese.

Why did she choose to come to China?

Having visited China a number of times, she has fallen in love with the “Middle Kingdom” – the culture, the cuisine and the language. Margot, whose family name is pronounced Lam-bee-lee-otte, says China continues to influence her on a daily basis. “I used to eat sushi with a knife and fork, and now I am the master of chopsticks,” she says. “I mean now I even drink ‘kai shui’ (boiled water) when I’m in France.”

Where will she go from here?

Let’s hear from Margot...

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