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There is a need for more creativity

Anne-Fleur Andr­le grad­u­at­ed from UTC major­ing in Bio- engi­neer­ing in 2011 and went on to do a Mas­ter’s degree in research at the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York (SUNY), Buf­fa­lo. Inter­ac­tions presents a por­trait of a woman who start­ed pod­cast­ing to sat­is­fy her need for creativity.

Her objec­tive after gain­ing her “Bac” in the city of Brest My dream was to become a doc­tor. I want­ed a job where I would have an impact on peo­ple’s lives, to be able to help them and to be as close as pos­si­ble to peo­ple,” she explains. This goal was thwart­ed by the fierce com­pe­ti­tion in this field. After a short peri­od of hes­i­ta­tion, Anne-Fleur Andr­le was inspired by an intern­ship she did in a bio­chem­istry lab­o­ra­to­ry at the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Buf­fa­lo. “I found lab work fas­ci­nat­ing,” she says. And it was on her return that she chose to reg­is­ter at UTC. 

The rea­sons? “UTC had the same semes­ter sys­tem as the Unit­ed States, which allowed me to join in the first semes­ter of 2008 and that it allowed me to build a career path, mix­ing biol­o­gy and human sci­ences, which resem­bled me,” she explains. Buf­fa­lo, where she left behind her ‘lover’, she adds. A lover who has since become her husband. 

But UTC has, in her eyes, oth­er attrac­tions. “It is a uni­ver­si­ty that gave us a sol­id train­ing in engi­neer­ing sci­ences while open­ing up oth­er hori­zons,” she explains. 

This is how Anne-Fleur Andr­le joined the Graf’hit radio sta­tion, host­ed on cam­pus. “They had a pop­u­lar sci­ence pro­gramme called “Bio­tine” and I offered to do a col­umn on it, which I did from 2009 to 2010. It was a rev­e­la­tion for me. Then, at the end of 2010, with a few stu­dents, we trans­formed this col­umn into a fort­night­ly pro­gramme,” she points out. A radio sta­tion which she chaired for a year and which revealed her pas­sion for sound. 

After grad­u­at­ing in Engi­neer­ing Sci­ences, she went on to do a mas­ter’s degree. “I want­ed an inter­na­tion­al degree. So I applied for a research mas­ter’s degree at sev­er­al Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties, and returned to SUNY Buf­fa­lo,” she says. With her Mas­ter’s degree in hand, she con­tin­ued her Amer­i­can adven­ture. But this time, on the job mar­ket. “I joined a French start-up, Olea Med­ical, spe­cial­is­ing in diag­nos­tic assis­tance, in Boston as an appli­ca­tion engi­neer. There I found a lit­tle of what attract­ed me to med­i­cine,” she says. 

But Anne-Fleur Andr­le likes chal­lenges and is not afraid to take up a dif­fer­ent path. She joined anoth­er French com­pa­ny, AMA, which spe­cialis­es in aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the med­ical field, and which want­ed to estab­lish itself in the Unit­ed States. “On paper, it was a very inter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing job. I learned a lot and it was excit­ing. But soon the com­mer­cial com­po­nent of the job took over, which was not real­ly to my lik­ing. I need­ed some cre­ativ­i­ty in my work,” she says. 

After suf­fer­ing a per­son­al burn-out and spend­ing some time at MIT, she returned to her first pas­sion: radio. “It was at MIT, which I joined in the sum­mer of 2019, that I felt the need for cre­ativ­i­ty. So it was also there that I cre­at­ed my first pod­cast “French Expat”. It very quick­ly found a very large audi­ence. How­ev­er, I con­tin­ued at MIT until the online media French Morn­ing offered me a reg­u­lar col­lab­o­ra­tion in June 2021 to pro­duce French Expat. In par­al­lel, I work for oth­er media and insti­tu­tions to cre­ate pod­casts in their image. Since the sum­mer of 2021, I live only from my pod­casts,” con­cludes Anne-Fleur Andrle. 

Bio express

  • 2008 : reg­is­tered at UTC in the major Bio-engineering 
  • 2011 : obtains his engi­neer­ing degree, spe­cial­is­ing in Bio­me­chan­ics and Biomaterials 
  • 2013 : obtains a research mas­ter’s degree in bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing from the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York in the Unit­ed States 
  • 2019 : launch­es her first native lan­guage pod­cast, ‘French Expat’ 
  • Since 2021 : pro­duc­er of audio con­tent in France and the Unit­ed States

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