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Mackayla Kiers

4th year, Specialization in French, Minor in Spanish
Professors really push you to succeed and ensure you do your best. They take time to go over the concepts, so you truly understand.
“I want people to see the beauty in language, and understand that doors open when you can express yourself in multiple ways.”

For Mackayla Kiers, the doors to Huron opened after she was offered generous financial support. “Entrance scholarships were a big factor. My average coming out of high school was good, but Huron was one the only school that offered me such a generous scholarship.” Mackayla also received an entrance bursary. “It took away a lot of stress,” she says. 

Once here, Mackayla decided to follow her passion: French. “I was definitely intimidated to go into French since I didn’t go to a French Immersion high school. But honestly, this makes no difference to your professors. They’re always there for you and it’s easy to form relationships with them.” 

It’s these relationships with professors, rather than TAs, over her four years has made all the difference. “They really push for you to succeed and will make sure you do your best. They take time in class to go over concepts we’ve studied,” she says. “In my 2nd year French Literature class, our professor took us through research databases step-by-step. That attention, and the fact that many of our French professors are Francophone means that they’re expertise is so deep; they can explain grammar like only a native speaker can.” 

Why study French? For Mackayla, the answers are concrete and abstract. “Language is part of our lives; we use it constantly in so many ways, whether we’re aware of it or not.” She adds, “It never hurts to have a skill you can transfer and use in any setting. Studying languages is more than learning about grammar; you’re learning about other cultures. You can understand another person’s experiences on a deeper level when you speak the same language. In a country as diverse as Canada, speaking more than one language will always be an asset.”