Michael has completed his BA in Linguistics (Honours with Distinction) in 2007. Read Michael's testimonial: "A healthy spirit of inquiry is the most acquisition from my years at Concordia. All of the professors in the Linguistics department promoted the importance of the investigation itself and I found mentors in them all. There was a quality to my education that I don't think is widely available. Working with Professor Charles Reiss and other students on the Concordia Linguistics Outreach project in my final years was formative. Together we employed Linguistics to ease the minds of worried parents, fight racism, and help communicate mathematical principles to maximum-security prisoners who were trying to complete high school. Another project that occupied my time was the People's Potato http://peoplespotato.blogspot.com/, which is a not-for-profit food service organization preparing and distributing daily vegan meals to approximately 400 students at Concordia University. This was an initiative that attempted to address the very serious issues of student poverty and the lack of healthy food in general. We saw a problem and we worked towards a solution. My ability to problem-solve in my daily life was strengthened by my education in Linguistics."
Read Vanessa's testimonial:"Nietzsche writes that 'a young man cannot possibly know what the Greeks and Romans are [and] does not know whether he is fitted to investigate into them.' His frank declaration of the hermeneutic problem, together with the 19th century implication that only men are fitted to even wonder if they are fitted to study the ancients read to me like a challenge, first prompting my decision to pursue a Classics major in the CMLL Department, where I am lucky to have both studied and TA'd, earning a B.A. with great distinction in Classics (Classical Civilization), while retaining a minor in Art History. My success at Concordia is owed as much to the strength of the University's undergraduate programs and the support and guidance of the CMLL's faculty and staff as to my own efforts. The support of fellow CMLL students, many of whom I was lucky enough to get to know well in my role as VP Communications and President of the Concordia Classics Student Association, cannot be discounted. I am now pursuing an M.A. in Art History with a joint option in Gender and Women's Studies at McGill University, where my research is being funded by the SSHRC and FRQSC. Whether Nietzsche was entirely right or wrong is still impossible for me to decide, as it may always remain. But I know, at the very least, that my studies at Concordia have in fact made me fitted to investigate into history."
Enrique has completed his BA in Spanish (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2003. Read Enrique's testimonial here: "Since I remember, languages and literature were my passion. This explains why, once I have established myself in Canada, I decided to pursue studies in Spanish. Happily, I chose Concordia University to get my BA My Concordia education was a challenging and very positive experience. The Spanish faculty members supported and encouraged me in all my academic pursuits. The constant flow of ideas, the deep commitment of both students and professors to learning and research, and the friendly atmosphere were some of the many positive aspects I found at the CMLL Department. Furthermore, the excellent formation I received at Concordia University allowed me to pursue graduate studies, being able to obtain a MA degree in Spanish Linguistics in the United States. Nowadays, things have come full circle and I am proudly a member of the Part Time Faculty of the Spanish program at Concordia."
After completing her BA in Spanish - Literature & Society (Honours with Distinction), Ximena finished an M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and has begun her PhD in Communication and Culture at York University in September 2010. She has received Master's scholarships from SSHRC, FQRSC, and OGS, and Doctoral scholarships from SSHRC and OGS. Read Ximena's testimonial: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Goretti Ramírez from Concordia's Spanish Department", she says. "I am very fortunate to have had her as my professor and Honours thesis supervisor. Her classes prepared me well for my graduate work, and her one-on-one supervision has helped me develop a research project which I am passionate about, and continue to pursue in my graduate studies."
Nathalie has completed her BA in German (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2003. She was awarded the Birks Medal as the highest ranking student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque as the most outstanding graduating student of all Modern Languages and Linguistics programs. Read Nathalie's testimonial: "I had worked all day. I was a sales rep in the food business, selling dead fish in a can. That evening, I sat in a classroom of the Hall Building. An angel could have told me at that precise moment: « You are about to be born again. » I was about to meet Professor Helmut Famira. I shed my sales rep skin. I wanted to be a teacher, just like him. I finished my BA then went to McGill for a Master's and a Ph.D. I never forgot Concordia. And once in a while, in my own classroom at Bishop's, where I now teach German, its language and literature, I quote Professor Helmut Famira and smile."
Read Yuliya's testimonial: "Being an active student in the CMLL department has helped me grow very much within the past three years. Through close interactions with the staff, professors, and students, I was able to emerge from my introvert persona and become comfortable asking questions. The encouragement I received has since pushed me forward and will continue to help me down the road of academia. During my time at Concordia I received the International Student Bursary, the New Millennium Student Contribution Bursary, and was part of the Dean's List. In addition, I was chair of the Linguistics Student Association (the LSA), a Tutorial Leader, and a Student Success Mentor (Counselling & Development)."
Read Megan’s testimonial: “Many Chinese believe in yuanfen (“destiny”). I started at Concordia the same year the CMLL Mandarin program did, and have been connected to the department ever since. I first visited China with Professor Duan and classmates in the summer of 2007 as a part of Concordia in China Program. Reading essays by Lin Yutang in the Modern Chinese Literature course prompted me to study the author in-depth for an MA in Comparative Literature at Fudan University in Shanghai, on a full Quebec-China scholarship. Since then I have returned to the CMLL Department to teach Mandarin and share my interest in the language and culture with current students.”
Prior to entering her BA in Spanish - Literature & Society (Honours) in 2007, Mary worked as an advertising copywriter and editor for more than ten years after graduating as a publicist from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Catherine Vallejo and Professor Roberto Viereck-Salinas. The education at the Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics Department has opened the opportunity for her to be involved in the academic world of Hispanic Studies and to achieve her dream of becoming a Spanish teacher in the future. She was on the Dean's List from 2007 to 2010 and was also the recipient of the George Hanna and Norman Hébert Jr. Concordia Golf Classic Bursary during the 2009 - 2010 academic year. After graduating with Great Distinction from Concordia University in 2010, Mary enrolled in the M.A. in Hispanic Studies at Concordia University. Her interests include 20th century Latin American literature and its intersections with politics, culture, media, and history especially in her native country of Columbia.
Read Jacqueline’s testimonial: “I received my B.A. in Linguistics and I am currently teaching the Introduction to Sociolinguistics class, so I feel I have come full circle. The support and guidance I received while at Concordia enabled me to leave the program with the Campaign for the New Millennium Student Contribution Scholarship and The Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque. I also won an MA SSHRC and FQRSC. I went on to receive a PhD SSHRC, and have presented at numerous international conferences which culminated in my first publication. I credit the professors in CMLL for providing me with the skills and work ethic necessary to succeed and my fellow-students for the incredible support they gave me during my time at Concordia. The fact that both professors and students from my time at Concordia are still a vital part of my life speaks to Concordia’s strong community spirit.”
Laurence has completed her BA in Linguistics (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2012. She was presented with the Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque at the Spring 2012 graduation convocation. She was also one of up to three Canadian students chosen annually to receive the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University, MA, United States. Read Laurence's testimonial: "My most enriching experiences at Concordia University have been my volunteer engagement as well as my work at the CMLL Department. I started volunteering in the fall of 2010, when the Concordia LIVE Centre opened. The Centre promotes volunteerism among students and strives to guide them in finding volunteer opportunities related to their interests. To serve this goal, I developed lists of specific volunteer opportunities related to various majors, starting with Linguistics (you can still find the Linguistics or Modern Languages lists of volunteer opportunities at LIVE, H-608-1, http://volunteer.concordia.ca). After two years of contribution, I was nominated by my co-workers and selected to receive the CCSL Outstanding Contribution Award in April 2012. I also dedicated a great part of my time to Linguistics and had the opportunity to work as a T.A. several times for Professor Madelyn Kissock and Professor Charles Reiss. Moreover, the completion of my Honours Thesis, the study of Historical Linguistics and the research done with Professor Mark Hale were very formative. These experiences have undoubtedly been influential in my pursuing my Ph.D. at Harvard in Historical Linguistics starting this Fall semester 2012."
Allison has completed her BA in Classics - Classical Civilization (Honours with Distinction) in 2010. She was also a 2010 recipient of the Classics Book Prize awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Science in recognition of her outstanding performance during her undergraduate studies in Classics. Read Allison's testimonial: "Being a part of the CMLL department has been an invaluable experience. Not only was I able to complete my BA in Classics - Classical Civilization (Honours) but I was able to work as a Teaching Assistant for two consecutive semesters and a Research Assistant for a duration of eight months. Working as a TA and RA gave me clear understanding of what kind of information my professors were trying to deliver and how they expected a student of my own caliber to maintain and use such information. I learnt new research methods and how I would be able to apply them in the future. The environment in the CMLL department was something that I appreciated very much. Being such a small group meant that you quickly got to know your peers and were able to communicate on a more personal level with your professors. To me, that was a fundamental aspect in my growth as a student. I thoroughly enjoyed working as the Social Affair VP on the Concordia Classics Student Association for my last year. I was able to co-organize and coordinate three wonderful social events with my other fellow members that allowed other students to find out what the program was about. CMLL has given me the opportunity to explore my ultimate dream. I am currently studying at Cambridge University in Great Britain, reading in Egyptology. Without the wonderful mentors, program fundamental and always supportive department, I would not be where I am today."
Fabian completed his BA in Linguistics (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2012. He was awarded the Arts and Science Scholar Award for maintaining a GPA in the top one percent of Concordia Undergraduates. Read his testimonial: "A vagabond scholar of sorts, I was a veteran of several universities before finding within the walls of the CMLL what I had so long sought. I found an intimate environment that allowed real contact with professors and opportunities for research while providing oh-so-valuable teaching experience. In my last semester I led a conference for Introduction to Linguistics. My program allowed for a fluid pursuit of Theoretical Linguistics, Indo-European Studies, and a dash of modern and classical languages. My Linguistics training to-date has made me a better language instructor, a more critical thinker, and has provided me with the skills to pursue my Master's of History at Université de Montréal and to face many of language's mysteries. I was very fortunate to have become involved in the Linguistics Student Association (the LSA) and to have had the opportunity to participate in conferences, such as that of the North East Linguistic Society in Toronto and the biennial North American Phonology Conference organized by the CMLL Department. Thank you to everyone in the Department, LSA members, administrative staff, and especially thank you to my professors for the incredible experience. The lesson of these last years has been to pursue what one does with passion and the rest falls into place