2019 Graduate – MA. French Studies
Why I chose Guelph
I had completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and French and knew that the SOLAL department was a great department to be a part of.
I had gotten to know my professors well and knew that I would get the guidance I needed for my interest in Haitian literature. I knew that I would not want to complete this graduate program anywhere else as I had already started to establish the foundation I knew I would need in order to succeed.
About the campus
The campus is beautiful. Johnston Green is great in the summertime to just go and read a book.
There are many resources available on campus for your research, improving your teaching skills, writing skills but also to take care of your mental health. There are always renovations taking place to help improve our facilities. There is never a shortage of good food. There is the grad lounge, the UC, south residence as well as places off campus, but close, where you can eat.
About the city of Guelph
Guelph is a beautiful city, the people are nice, the weather is not awful, there are some good restaurants, it is a small town, but not too small.
There are always activities happening like Rib Fest and the summers are beautiful. The bus system is not the greatest, but everything is close enough that if you have a bike you can get around or walking is also an option.
Words of advice
Graduate Studies is nothing like your undergraduate, it is one hundred times better. However, you must make sure that you choose a topic that you are interested in for your MRP (Major Research Paper) or Thesis. If you do, it will be a great experience. The biggest lessons you will learn will not be in the classrooms, but from your seminar sessions with your own students, one on ones with your professors and advisors but mostly from the people in your cohort. It is a lot of work, but it worth every minute.
How will my work Improve Life?
My choice of research was a choice of both personal growth and advancement to the literature department. Being of Haitian descent, it was very important for me to find a way to give a voice to the female demographic of our population. Being that Haiti was the first slave island to grain its independence, I found it shocking that there were no accounts told from a Haitian's perspective and no accounts told from a woman's perspective. My research has helped give a voice to the brave women who also sacrificed their lives during the war and played a big role in the success of the revolution but also allowed there to be an account retold from a Haitian's perspective.
My future plans
I have applied to complete another Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.
My goal is to become a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and bring my skills back to Haiti due to the increase in needs and demands for the service and little supply.
I hope to be able to give back to the community in need and change lives for the better.