Explore: dans l’optique d’une étudiante adulte

Bonjour tous le monde,

C’est la dernière semaine de la programme Explore à Jonquière.

Je suis heureuse que je retournerai chez moi samedi. Bien que je trouvais la programme avantageuse, en général j’ai trouvé difficile à apprécier la programme.

La programme Explore à Jonquière a deux parties – une partie académique et une partie socioculturelle.

J’aime beaucoup la partie académique. J’ai un enseignant merveilleuse, Lynda, qui m’implique. Elle est connaissant enthousiaste à propos d’enseigner. En classe, l’emphase est l’amélioration de la compétence orale. Chaque jours on a les présentations, les discussions et les débats sur divers sujets. Par exemple, les actualités, la culture et les personnalités Québécois, une pensée à retenir, les blagues et un mot du jour. On a l’occasion d’améliorer la grammaire et d’apprendre comment on peut exprimer soi-même avec les phrases plus complexes.

La plage du parc national de la Pointe Taillon

La plage du parc national de la Pointe Taillon

La deuxième partie est socioculturelle. Selon moi, cette expérience a été moins amusant. Peut-être à cause de mon âge, je trouvais les ateliers comme «les jeux olympiades» et «la soirée costume» désagréables et enfantins. Pire encore, tous est obligatoire, alors il n’y a pas de choix.  Il aurait été préférable d’avoir les choix approprié à l’âge de tous, non seulement pour les étudiants qui ont 18 ans ou 19 ans. J’aimais les forfaits et les activités dont l’occasion de passer le temps en nature et découvrir Québec, comme la randonnée à Cap Trinité ou la plage du parc national de la Pointe Taillon.

Si vous êtes un(e) étudiant(e) adulte, considérez la programme Explore.

Même si la programme a les points forts et les points faibles, dans l’ensemble la programme vous aidera à améliorer la français. J’ai profité de mon enseignant et de la communauté francophone à Jonquière. Souvenez-vous que chaque programme d’Explore est différente. Alors, l’expérience d’un(e) étudiant(e) à Chicotoumi ou Trois-Pistoles serait différente. Ce que j’ai partagées avec vous, je partagerai avec l’administration de la programme aussi.

Quel a été vos expériences avec Explore? Partagez avec nous!

À la semaine prochaine!



Symposium Wrap Up: Part II

Picture of Rosanna Furgiuele, Neena Sethi, Susan Bibler Coutin at Symposium Dinner

(Left to Right) Rosanna Furgiuele, Neena Sethi, Susan Bibler Coutin


As you may have read in a previous post, I was a team member of USA Symposium 2014. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know many of the panelists who participated. Many of our panelists were referred to us with the help of Fulbright Canada, who administer the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program; a program that supports educational exchanges of Canadian and American scholars.

On April 25/14, five (5) of our panelists contributed to a post on the Fulbright Canada Blog. I feel their comments have further confirmed the tremendous success of USA Symposium 2014.

On a more personal note, the comments made by the (5) panelists on the Fulbright Canada blog validated the work I put in ensure our panelists had a rewarding experience. It feels good to have my work recognized!

I hope you take a moment to read our scholars comments on the Fulbright Canada Blog. 



Is there anyone else out there who is a recovering caffeine addict like me?

On April 9/14, after my last exam, I decided to stop drinking coffee and tea. At that time, I was drinking 3 cups of coffee/tea a day, I was getting 5 hours of sleep a night, I was eating terribly and I felt like crap. Did I mention the weight gain?

How did things get so bad?

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Symposium Wrap Up: Neena Sethi, Panelist Coordinator

5 Panels, 12 Panelists, 5 Moderators, 7 Coordinators, 1 Supervisor, 20 + Volunteers.

USA Symposium 2014 Program and Name Tag for Neena Sethi

The United States: The Neighbour You Don’t Know

USA Symposium 2014 was one of the most amazing experiences I have had as a student to date.

It was also the most exhausting – but well worth it. Continue reading

I don’t work 9 to 5, but you get the idea

Hi Friends,

Apologies up front- I am late in my post. Last week I promised you a post USA Symposium 2014 wrap up. I am all excuses this week as there is simply too much to do for the end of term – I have essays, exams and presentations – you name it, I got it. It’s crazy! My post-symposium wrap up will come next week. Promise.

This week, I am going to leave you with the classic song, 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton, in salute of my G7 team. Thank you ladies for coming together – our event was truly successful all thanks to our hard work and dedication.


Under Pressure -dum dum dum da da dum dum

dum dum dum da da dum dum , dum dum dum da da dum dum…

Hello Friends,

This week I leave you with the classic song by Queen and David Bowie, Under Pressure. Things are really intense for me right now with USA Symposium 2014, classes, tests and exams. This really sums up how I am doing.

Hang in there team, we are nearing the finish line!

An Honorable Mention

Neena standing in front of poster

That’s me with my poster!

Last week I was invited to participate in a juried research fair for undergraduates at York University. I presented my research Between Effort and Result: Gauging the Activities of Environmental Interest Groups on U.S. Foreign Policy, A Case Study of the NRDC. There were a total of 60 young scholars across different disciplines. We were all competing to win our respective categories. I was competing in two categories, 1) Best Upper Year Project, 2) Library Literacy Award. We were being judged on a poster we created summarizing our research and a presentation of our research to the judges. Continue reading

Inspired by a Prisoner of Tehran

On February 12, 2014 I was fortunate to attend a talk by Marina Nemat who wrote a memoir of her life in Iran – Prisoner of Tehran,  hosted by the Glendon Political Science Association.

I was not familiar with Ms. Nemat and her story prior to attending this event, and so, I did not know what to expect. The account of what she endured was heartbreaking; at the same to see and to listen to her speak about her imprisonment and torture was empowering. Since her talk, I have been deep in thought; her story triggered self-reflection about my understanding of the world around me, and about how my experiences have shaped who I am and who I am becoming. Continue reading

No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers

picture of people attending the undergraduate research fair in 2013

Ungergraduate Research Fair 2013

This week I found out that a paper I submitted for the York University Undergraduate Research Fair has been accepted! I will now have the opportunity to present a paper I wrote in 2013 at the Research Fair on February 25th and have the opportunity to win an award for Best Upper Year Project. I am excited about this as a young researcher. I will pursue my Master’s after completing my BA in International Studies – participating in this research fair has given me confidence; I am on the right track! Continue reading

Three Leaders

As you may read on the blogs of Glendon’s eAmbassadors, on Feb. 1, 2014 we had a Leadership Conference at Glendon College. There were different presenters, but three (3) in particular stood out to me:

Joseph Lavoie

Joseph Lavoie

1. Joseph Lavoie (@josephlavoie) – Joseph delivered an amazing keynote address in which he suggested a different way to approach networking. The thing that stood out to me most in his address:  be authentic. Authenticity in your interactions is so important. I see authenticity as an element that helps give your network robustness and longevity. Right now, my network is small, but that’s ok. I’m building it slowly to ensure that my connections and I have a two way relationship, and so that I am affiliated with communities that represent me.

Courtney Mallam

Courtney Mallam

2. Courtney Mallam (@CourtneyMallam) – Courtney is my boss, the strong leader behind our eAmbassadors. I attended her session about developing your digital presence with purpose and intention. The thing that stood out to me most: who you are online should also be who you are offline. Sometimes we forget that things that make it online often stay online – it can be hard to get rid of content about yourself you don’t want online. I have learned to wait 5 minutes or even 1 hour before responding to something that gets me fired up! I don’t want to be known as a firecracker online or offline, so it’s important that I think before I speak (or type).

David Ip Yam

Daivd Ip Yam

3. David Ip Yam (@davidipyam) – David delivered the closing address for the conference. He is an assistant at Student Affairs at Glendon. David delivered and inspiring talk about leadership as a lifestyle. The thing that stood out to me most: when you stretch your limits, you establish new norms for yourself. I love this! It speaks to so many of those inspirations that we lose when we enter “the real world” but are actually the key to living your dreams and being engaged with the world around you. David spoke about taking small steps everyday to achieving the goals you set out for yourself, and also about having a plan. He also spoke about choices – you choose your life. Doing what you are passionate about requires sacrifices – you may not get to watch TV as often as you want or going drinking every weekend – but that is the choice you make to rise above mediocrity.

I will be making some changes to my online presence based on what I have learned. The biggest challenge for me is overcoming my fears. But I don’t want to be silent as life passes me by, or apathetic to the world around me. I know I want to be a voice and contribute to shaping the world around me.