All Lev­els Wel­come

A de­gree in French is a pass­port to a job any­where in Canada for Al­li­son Dyke­man

The Coast - Career Minded - - EDUCATION -

When Univer­sité Sainte-Anne’s re­cruiter vis­ited Al­li­son Dyke­man’s high school, Dyke­man clearly re­mem­bers lean­ing over to her friend and whis­per­ing “Hey, let’s all go here!” What started out as a joke be­came some­thing Dyke­man thought about through the rest of Grade 11, and for the ma­jor­ity of Grade 12. The more she thought about it, the more she re­al­ized that Sainte-Anne had so much to of­fer

“I found my­self flip­ping through their Info Guide, look­ing up pic­tures and videos of the cam­pus, and cal­cu­lat­ing my po­ten­tial tu­ition. Once I fi­nally made my de­ci­sion, I felt re­ally good and couldn’t wait to start my stud­ies,” Dyke­man says.

Sainte-Anne has small classes, which al­lows the stu­dents and pro­fes­sors to create a stronger pro­fes­sional bond, as well as de­velop bonds with stu­dents from around the world. Sainte-Anne also of­fers an em­ploy­ment guar­an­tee for cer­tain pro­grams, which be­came a fac­tor into Dyke­man’s de­ci­sion. Al­most 100 per­cent of Sainte-Anne stu­dents find em­ploy­ment in their field within months af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Dyke­man wanted to be a teacher and was will­ing to do any­thing to make it hap­pen. This in­cluded study­ing in French, her sec­ond lan­guage.

“My ca­reer prospects are fan­tas­tic. I’m cur­rently try­ing to de­cide where in Cana-

da I want to work be­cause I have that kind of free­dom with my French ed­u­ca­tion,” Dyke­man says as she nears the end of her Bach­e­lor of Arts and Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

It has been five years of learn­ing how to bal­ance part-time work along with school, where she has been ma­jor­ing in French as a sec­ond lan­guage in the ele­men­tary teach­ing stream. Though Dyke­man put too much on her plate at times, she found the bal­ance she needed and has de­vel­oped a deeper un­der­stand­ing of her per­sonal val­ues and goals, and has learned what kind of a teacher she is.

“As teach­ers, we meet kids that have dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties, back­grounds, be­liefs and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. So un­der­stand­ing who you are as a per­son helps de­velop your teach­ing strate­gies and your val­ues and be­liefs as an ed­u­ca­tor,” she says.

Dyke­man’s French has im­proved im­mensely dur­ing her time at Sainte-Anne, and af­ter spend­ing five years im­mersed in a French learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment lo­cated in a beau­ti­ful Aca­dian com­mu­nity, she is con­fi­dent that she can com­mu­ni­cate with Fran­co­phones all over the world.

“Study­ing at Sainte-Anne means study­ing in French, in small classes where you can truly in­ter­act and get help from pro­fes­sors who know you per­son­ally. I think these as­pects con­trib­uted to my great ca­reer prospects,” says Dyke­man about the rep­u­ta­tion the Sainte-Anne holds. Even some of her favourite mid­dle and high school teach­ers had grad­u­ated from Sain­teAnne.

Speak­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, Dyke­man says that even though the French seems in­tim­i­dat­ing, all lev­els, ac­cents and back­grounds are wel­come at Univer­sité Sainte-Anne.

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