When Eugenie Hue enrolled at Essex County College three years ago, she was definitely entering a new phase of her life. She came here from her home more than 3,000 miles away in Cherbourg, France.
“When I came here to Essex, I had to learn English and I am still learning English today. It was sometimes very difficult; I came by myself and I knew no one in America.” Eugenie also missed her French food, especially the cheeses and breads she could secure in France.
But Eugenie, a proud member of the Class of 2017 after earning her Associate in Science in Physical Education, certainly adjusted well.
An integral part of the Lady Wolverines track team, Eugenie attained All-American status after capturing the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor 800 meter title run this past March and ran fourth in the NJCAA Outdoor championships in May. Eugenie also earned the College’s title of Most Valuable Runner for the Indoor season at Essex’s annual awards banquet.
Eugenie also runs the 400 meters. “I really don’t have a favorite one; these events are very different and I love running both during competition.”
Next up for Eugenie is Long Island University-Brooklyn where she will major in Sport Science. She also would like to compete in both track events at the four-year school level. “I have to talk to my coach about it.”
Eugenie came to Essex following a successful youth track career in France. “A French organization actually got me in touch with Essex and it has turned out to be a wonderful life and human experience. I have really enjoyed the years I have spent over here.
“Being National Champion (in the 800 meters) was an amazing moment shared with my teammate Andrea Foster (who came in second in the same event),” she added.
One of the top moments here came when Eugenie earned her Essex degree. “The graduation ceremony is also a great memory. We don’t have those kinds of ceremonies in France; I really loved it!” Her parents were able to make the trip from France for Commencement and the athletic awards banquet.
Eugenie is currently back home in Cherbourg. But she isn’t just taking it easy prior to starting at LIU-Brooklyn.
At the beginning of July she won the 800 meters at the French National Championships. “I’m national champion of France,” she added proudly.