- Tell us a bit about you. Why did you choose French and Spanish Teaching as your field of study?
I am very passionate about languages; I am currently in the process of learning my fifth language. My knowledge of the Romanian language has definitely helped me to learn other Romance languages, including French and Spanish. I chose teaching because I feel it is important to extend my knowledge of international languages onto other people, and to help students become better members of the global community, understanding the importance of multiculturalism and multilingualism.
- How do you plan to use your studies to achieve your future career plans? I plan to finish my Concurrent Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education program, and to begin working as a secondary school language teacher. At the same time, I will continue working towards a Masters of Education, and a Ph.D. in French Studies. This will allow me to either have a career working for the Ministry of Education, or to be a French professor in a Canadian university.
- What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I plan to work either as a French university professor, or to work for the Ministry of Education, developing the French curriculum of Ontario.
- How did the ORCA Student Grant help you achieve your academic goals?
The ORCA Student Grant assisted me with my tuition payments, in order to focus more on my studies, and less on a part-time employment position.
- What do you do for fun, when you are not studying?
I like to watch TV shows in French or Spanish, and I try to go to the gym multiple times a week in order to stay healthy.
- I know you like to volunteer for and be part of Romanian activities, for example volunteering at the St. George Romanian Orthodox Church Sunday School. How did you feel being part of this group enriched you? What other events you would like to see taking place among the Romanian Community?
Volunteering for the Romanian community is a very enriching experience, as I have the opportunity to meet others who share my culture and similar values, and I can improve my Romanian language skills. I would like to see more events taking place within the Romanian youth community, as I feel it is a little difficult to find other young Romanians I can connect with.
- Given the fact that you are one of last year’s winners, can you share with us how you found the application process for the ORCA Student Grant?
The application process was fairly simple, and the essay question was clear and straight-forward. The essay allowed me to reflect upon my Romanian roots, and to discover the impact that my culture has on my daily life as a Romanian in Canada. The application process required information which was easily accessible, and the staff at ORCA were able to answer any questions promptly.
- What would you recommend for those interested in applying next year?
I recommend that they take the time to plan out their essay answer, and to proof-read it a few times. It is also important that they begin the application process as soon as possible, so that they have time to ask any questions which may arise.
- Have you considered becoming an ORCA Youth member?
Yes, I definitely have. I would like to get to know more people in the Romanian-Canadian community.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Nothing in particular. I wish the best of luck to all future applicants!