January 2012's Featured Student is
Published by French for the Future on 01 January 2012
I am an enthusiastic and bright young woman who wants to make a difference in the world! I’ve always had an interest in people, politics, and culture. I’ve had a lot of diverse experiences which allow me to understand the perspectives of other cultures and other points of view. I’m currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa. Next semester, I will be taking two communications courses in French, in the hopes of using and capitalising on my French language skills towards a future career within the government. In early October, I worked for Elections Ontario as a scrutineer. I like interacting and networking with different people because it allows me to expand my horizons. I try to always surpass my own expectations in the hopes of growing and becoming a better person.
Name: Laska Paré
Grade: Post-Graduate Studies, Masters in Government Communication
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
First language: English
Favourite music/artist: Vincent Vallières
Favourite food: I will try anything once and up to now, I’ve found very few foods that I don’t like. Some of my favourites include apples, avocados, ice cream, and rice! Most recently, I’ve been trying lots of vegetarian recipes that have forced me to become a better cook!
Favourite French book: L’Avare, by Molière
Favourite way to practice French:
Listening to Radio-Canada.
Why I think it’s important to learn French:
Learning French allowed me to understand and respect our culture in a new way. It was also a good base for learning other languages, which I’ve been able to teach myself.
Best experience “en français”: Four years ago I participated in the Explore Program, which is a five-week French-language bursary program during which I went to Trois-Pistoles, Québec. Not only did I imporove my French, I also had a phenomenal vacation!
The coolest francophone country is: I’ve travelled a lot, and I’m always proud to say that I’m from Canada, a bilingual country. In my opinion, Canada is the coolest Francophone country.
In the future, how will I use my French? The point of doing my Master’s at the University of Ottawa was largely because I knew that I’d be in an environment where I could use my French on a daily basis. I like being able to communicate in two languages and I intend to apply to the Parliamentary Internship Program in the fall of 2012. My long-term goal is to work for the government in Ottawa.
A place I’d like to go: There are so many places that I’d love to see, but I told myself that within my lifetime I’d like to see the pyramids. Egypt would be a fascinating place to visit!
As a Featured Student, Laska received the latest album from
Andrea Lindsay, winner of the 2010 Juno Award for Best Francophone
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