13907141_10209262424611926_778679224658344760_n Marie Francesseca
Lelong
BA Honours, FRENCH (2016)

“  Professors, supervisors and the chair really care about our academic and personal growth, and are readily available to listen and provide advice. ”

It can be intimidating to go back to university as a mature student. My experience at Carleton University has, however, been filled with exciting challenges, unexpected opportunities, inspiring discoveries, and great friendships. Apart from being a place of study, the French department offers a convivial environment for staff-student exchanges. Professors, supervisors and the chair really care about our academic and personal growth, and are readily available to listen and provide advice. Their support have been invaluable to help me believe in myself and achieve my potential. Students in the French department benefit from advice and opportunity for employment such as a teacher’s assistant and undergraduate research assistant. I was given the opportunity to work with dedicated instructors who were willing to share their experiences and their knowledge. Now, that I have completed my Honours in French, I’m looking forward to do my Masters in French and Francophone Studies at Carleton University. To any new student coming to the university, I would say this: Never doubt and throw yourself at every opportunity that comes your way.

13932905_10209262664377920_584913831324508518_n Francesca Jackman
Combined BA Honours,
FRENCH and JOURNALISM (2016)

“  …what really reinforced the transition to a double major, was the French department’s flexibility and accommodation… through all of these wonderful opportunities, it was the French that really made my university experience feel complete. ”

I started my first year at Carleton, proud to be a Journalism major. It seemed natural to continue studying French throughout university, having been in immersion since Grade 6. So, I immediately declared a French minor at Carleton. What I didn’t realize was how much I would grow to love the French department, and the influence it would have on my four years at Carleton University… what really reinforced the transition to a double major, was the French department’s flexibility and accommodation… I also had the privilege of being hired on as a Teaching Assistant for that same Introduction to French Linguistics course that I’d started my degree with. For three semesters I got to mark assignments, term papers and final exams, assisting with the course wherever needed. This was definitely what made me start to feel connected to not only the French department, but Carleton University as a whole. I had found my place, and though I’d always expected it would be in the Journalism department, through all of these wonderful opportunities, it was the French that really made my university experience feel complete.