Bonjour-Hi, Bye-Bye?

Last year, Québec lawmakers passed a unanimous motion that called on businesses to replace the renowned “Bonjour-hi” with a simple “Bonjour.” While this does not seem to garner any importance, the social circumstances of Montréal’s multiculturalism are at risk. This motion signifies the hard-pressed tactics used by political parties such as the Parti Québécois (PQ) to preserve the French language. Imposing language restrictions in the workplace reflects the rigidity of certain individuals and the antagonism harboured by these peoples towards anglophone communities.


Canadian Law Schools- Part 2

PICWelcome back to all of you law school hopefuls. For those of you who are just joining me now, my last post discussed OLSAS and Osgoode Hall, so if you’re interested in attending law school in Ontario, I would encourage you to give it read. In this post I’ll be giving you an overview of the law schools at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University.

The University of Ottawa is home to the country’s largest law school. Its tuition is also among the lowest for the Ontario schools. Ottawa being the nation’s capital, the school’s location comes with obvious perks such as its proximity to Parliament as well as to the Supreme Court. Between the different languages and the types of degrees, Ottawa offers an impressive assortment of programs. There’s the regular 3-year JD program and the 3-year LLB program, both of which are offered in French and English.


Confidence Is Key

confidence_1It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m back! I would’ve liked to post something earlier, but unfortunately I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off due to all the assignments, homework, tests, and presentations I’ve had in just the last two, three weeks.  (more…)

The Silver Lining of Missing Out

5149283023_2f41929ebaI believe there’s already a post geared towards the benefits of volunteering, but since that’s what I’ve been doing during my French classes, it doesn’t hurt for me to talk about my own experiences.

But before I get into the bulk of this post, I’d like to publicly admit (more…)

Discovering French

4adc6bd1a44781225a87a6f3ab4992e4Hello there! My sincere apologies for not posting until now; I wanted to wait until I had completed enough activities to give a satisfying update.

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you all for your efforts getting (and staying) into McGill. University applications are hard, and the transition from secondary education to post-secondary does take some getting used to. If you’ve read my bio, you already know that my posts will be focusing on the post post-secondary part of one’s career: what do you do after, what can you expect in terms of emotions and experiences, and how do you go about using your newly acquired degree? (more…)

Best and Worst Interview Moments

Have you ever opened your mouth and then thought, “Did I just say that?  I’m an idiot.”  I hope those moments don’t occur too often for you.  With any luck, reading my humiliating responses will give you an indication of what not to say during an interview.  I will also share some ingenious responses that I’ve used in order to provide some positive examples and to make myself feel a little bit better after revealing the embarrassing stories.


Finding a Summer Job in Montreal – The Language Barrier

Andrew Stevenson

For any of us anglophones living in Montréal, it is pretty well known that finding a summer job, or part-time job without the ability to speak french fluently is a challenge.  Most jobs require bilingualism as a qualification, so where can you look, and what can you do to find a job?

First of all, there is McGill.  It is probably a bit late to be applying to jobs at McGill for this summer, but this is a job oasis for unilingual anglophones.  The bookstore, cafeterias, residences and more are a great place to look.  Furthermore, professors need research assistants, and usually this work is done in english.  There may still be some positions working with professors for this summer so contact them as soon as possible!


French as a Second Language

Stacy Dikareva

I find that learning French is pretty essential to life in Quebec, even if I don’t anticipate being here for the rest of my life. Though I’ve come to learn that anticipating anything out of life is a bit of a useless endeavour- it has this uncanny ability to throw all sorts of road blocks and diversion in your path, leading you in completely different directions than you could have ever imagined.  But back to my actual point…. (more…)

EXPLORE: Learn French, and have fun!

Andrew Stevenson

Not knowing what I was going to do for the summer, I decided to apply for the government funded, French-language program EXPLORE (J’EXPLORE).  It was an on a whim thing.   My friend and I applied on the very last day of registration. A few months went by, and in June I got an acceptance letter by email.  I wasn’t even really planning on going, but I talked to my parents and decided it would be fun, and accepted it.  It ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.

To give a bit of background information, EXPLORE is a government funded program (non-Canadian students can go but have to pay).  Once accepted, you go to a French speaking area or University in Canada for five weeks to improve, and learn new French skills.  You get to list your top three choices of locations, and are usually sent to one of those three.  There are locations in every province, but most of the locations are in Québec (and personally I think the best places to explore). You can live in a University residence or live with a host-family, depending on the location you choose/have been accepted to.  It’s a great résumé builder and a lot of fun.


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