Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Gabrielle Myers

Gabrielle is an international student pursuing a medial degree in German and History. She is currently in her fourth year. Gabrielle comes from Cayman Islands but her mother is from Jamaica and her father is from the U.S.  Last summer and the summer before that, Gabrielle spent 6.5 weeks at the Canadian Summer School in Germany (CSSG). She also volunteers at the International Centre and is a paid employee there in the position of promotions personal. She truly enjoys her time in the Department:

"I decided to pursue a degree in German because I visited Germany for vacation and I fell in love with the culture and language. German sounds harsh at first but after three years of studying and speaking the language I actually find it to be beautiful!  I also chose to pursue a degree in German language because I am thinking of a career as an international lawyer and thought German, since it is not a typical second language, would provide me with an extra edge for my CV.

I fully enjoy taking German language and cultural classes at Queen's. In terms of learning a second language, I find German to be easy because so many words are similar to English words. In addition, the basic grammatical structures are also simple to learn. However, as you advance in German language, grammar does become an increasing challenge. It is also challenging to maintain your German language level over the summer if you have no one to practice speaking with. My solution to that problem was to study in Germany during the summer. Not only it helped me with my language skills but also allowed me to learn about German culture first-hand.

All the professors in German program are extremely friendly and always willing to help- sometimes they will explain the class in English if I wasn't sure I grasped all concepts during the German class! Many of the professors will meet outside of class time and their office hours to make sure the students feel comfortable with their assignments and with the class. They are also accommodating with certain problems, such as shyness when having to speak in class or needing help with choosing topics for assignments.

Taking German as a medial has definitely given me advantages in my history medial that otherwise would not be possible. My specialization in my history medial is World War I, World War II and the Holocaust. Being able to read and understand German has given me access to many sources that non-German speakers are unable to utilize. Knowing German language and history has widened my perspective on world history. After I started taking German language I became more involved in learning about German culture as well, and started to look at both World Wars and the Holocaust from the German perspective as well as the British.

I would like to use my German degree after graduation for two purposes. The first goal is to enhance my chances of being accepted to a law school and the second objective is to work in a field that requires knowing at least one foreign language. My preferred positions include careers as an international lawyer but also as a translator, embassy employee, or a position with the United Nations."