Ressources: Why study French?
A common misconception among many students in the U.S. is that French is not as useful a language as Spanish. Given the fact that a large portion of the U.S. population speaks Spanish, it's easy to see how people might think this way. The reality is that French is one of the most useful languages to learn - especially if you want to work for an international company or if you want to travel the world.
Economic reasons to learn French:
On top of all that, some of the world's most powerful brands and companies are French such as: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, L'Oréal, Danone, Evian, Bugatti, Bic (pens), Sanofi, Sephora, Michelin. French is no small player on the international market. In addition, Canada (a French and English speaking country) is the U.S.'s largest trading partner. It's clear that once you look past the U.S. boarders, you'll see that French is one of the most beneficial languages to learn in terms of economics.
Another mistake people make when deciding between French and another language is assuming that French is "hard." The truth is that French is no harder than Spanish or Italian and in fact, some studies have shown that French is actually easier to learn than Spanish. Part of this has to do with the fact that about 30% of the English language comes from French. So if you know words like chic, menu, souvenir, fiancé, and café, congratulations! You've got a great base from which to start speaking French right off the bat.
French is NOT hard:
If you're still not convinced that French is a good language to learn, there are lots of sites that will tell you otherwise: