Literature have always been an avid reader;

Literature allows us to become acquainted
with centuries of discoveries, imagination, ideologies and art. My love and
interest for it stems from the fact that reading can make one feel secure and
at home, while it can also start revolutions and provoke immeasurable change. I
have always been an avid reader; books fascinate me. I love the idea that wherever
I am, I only have to open a book and suddenly I am somewhere else;  I can be in Jonathan Swift’s 1710 London and
the rain is pouring down, in the streets of Hugo’s 1862 Paris, or in Arthur
Miller’s 1692 Salem during the witch trials. Books are my home; they make me
dream and travel, they allow me to acquire knowledge and to see different
perspectives, but they also provide a sense of comfort and security that I
cannot attain with anything else. It is ineffable. Therefore, the obvious next
step of my academic career is studying English literature, as I would like to
teach this subject after completing my studies.

I am a very focused, disciplined and
passionate student, and my passion for literature led me to undertake a Diplome d’Études Collégiales (DEC) in
Arts, Letters and Communication (ALC), profile Languages. This DEC has allowed
me to further my knowledge in various genres of literature, and languages with
classes in poetry, drama, short stories, Québécois and Canadian literature, literary
theories, as well as philosophy, and language classes in German, Spanish, and
French as a mother tongue. These classes and the different pedagogical approaches
used by my teachers have helped me to develop strong skills in research,
writing and critical analysis. I have honed my ability to do research (both
independent and in groups), to write formal essays, critical reviews, and less
formal writing such as journals, to work in teams or independently, to critically
interpret texts, and to communicate my opinions in class discussions and in the
oral presentations that were required in each course. These important skills I
have developed during my DEC will help contribute to my success in the English literature
program.

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During my time in CEGEP, I have been on the
Dean’s Honour List for academic achievement three semesters. Furthermore, I am an
elected a student representative for the ALC program. This enables me to be involved
in the program committee as well as in student life by organizing events and
giving a voice to all students. This experience has improved my leadership skills
and my confidence as I have been able to share my ideas and make them come to
life. It also has given me the opportunity to develop relationships with my
teachers and to get insights on what it means to be a teacher, which has reinforced
my decision to pursue a career in education. I am also a paid tutor in French
and English at CEGEP, one of a small number of students chosen for this
extremely rewarding position, which enables me to help others and to promote my
passions for these languages. Moreover, I am on the committee of the Prix littéraire des collégiens, which is
a literary prize awarded to Québécois authors every year. Being on this committee
has given me the opportunity me to read and interpret different texts, to
discuss them with my peers, and has developed my capacity to present my opinions
and analysis of various literary works in public.

Additionally, in the last four years, I
have worked part-time in an independent bookstore where I have acquired customer
service and strong communication skills. Furthermore, this job has enabled me
to get involved in the promotion of literature and books in Québec, and I have
taken  part in the Salons du livre and various associations related to independent bookstores
in the province. During the last four years, my love for literature, books and
reading has only grown and confirmed what I really want to do in life. As a
determined and ardent student, I am ready for this demanding English program.