Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Mikayla Schoel

Mikayla Schoel is a student entering her fourth year of Honours Degree in Economics.  She is the recipient of the Edith Whyte Memorial Scholarship In Economics,  Don Wood Undergraduate Scholarship In Economics as well as Susan Near Prize In Spanish. She was also on the Dean's Honour List with Distinction. Her interest for Latin American cultures is an old one:
 

"I have always had an interest in Latin American Culture and the Spanish Language and I thought a degree in SLAS would allow me to broaden my knowledge regarding these topics. As well, in high school, I had started to learn Spanish and, since it is a very commonly spoken language, I thought it would be useful to continue learning it and hopefully become fluent.

I absolutely love the program and I am very happy I decided to pursues a minor is SLAS. My favourite aspect of my courses is the small class sizes, since they have allowed me to make connections with my classmates as well as with my professors. My SLAS classes are also quite fun and they are a greatly appreciated change from my courses in my major, Economics. Of course they require time and commitment, but the structure of the courses and the coursework is different from those of my major.

The professors are all very kind and helpful. They all held office hours and could also be contacted by email if I had any questions regarding the coursework or an upcoming test. The department is also extremely helpful. Whenever I had queries regarding which courses I needed to complete my minor, I was able to set up a meeting time and my emails were always answered within 24 yours.

Once I graduate, I am thinking of pursuing a Masters in International Finance and having a better understanding of Latin American culture and knowing Spanish will hopefully give me an advantage when entering that field. I definitely believe my SLAS minor will be beneficial to me once my time at Queen’s comes to an end.

Through SLAS and the LLCU department in general, I have met amazing people. Most of the fellow students that were in my courses in first year have followed me throughout my studies. It is nice to see familiar faces in class year after year and I have become good friends with many of my classmates. Overall, I am very happy I chose to pursue a minor is SLAS and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning new languages and discovering other cultures."