Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Elizabeth Blight

Elizabeth Blight has just completed her third year as a Spanish-Art History medial student. Elizabeth has been recipient of the Chancellor Scholarship in the past three years as well listed on Dean's Honour List with Distinction. Finding her own degree path wasn't obvious for her right away:

"When I began at Queens, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life; after first year I chose Spanish as a concentration because I’ve always loved modern languages, and within the Americas being able to speak Spanish is a particularly useful skill to have. Art History is more of a recent passion I discovered almost by accident in my second year, and now I’m looking to pursue an academic career in that field.  

I’m especially interested in art outside the European/North American cultural sphere, and so knowledge of foreign languages will be a huge asset.  I’ve also been able to take several courses on Spanish and Hispanic culture which I’ve truly enjoyed.  History, culture, art and language classes often cover interrelated subjects, and this has given me a really well-integrated base of knowledge to draw on as I continue my studies.

Having struggled with some health issues over the past couple of years, I’ve been surprised at just how understanding and accommodating the professors in the Languages Department are.  Concentrating in a language can be a totally different undergraduate experience. In the small classes it doesn’t matter if you’re outgoing or shy, because the professors get to know you all as individual people.  I’m sure my first year science professors had no idea who I was, but my introductory Spanish instructor still greets my by name.

I’d especially recommend a language concentration to any student unsure of their plan for the future.  There aren’t many careers in which knowing an extra language or two wouldn’t give you a great advantage, and building up such versatile skills is a very rewarding experience in and of itself."