Category Archives: After the MA

After the MA: Sylvie Hill, “Life After English”

This is the third posting in a new series entitled “After the MA” chronicling what students choose to do after completing their MAs at Carleton.

Life After English

Posted by Sylvie Hill

I have this motto. It doubles as a good answer to the question: “What will a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Language do for me in life?” The motto is: “Follow what you love and you won’t get lost. Reach out to people who can take you there.” I have it scribbled on my website at www.sylviehill.com, which showcases a little bit of where my degree got me so far! Specifically, where my graduate degree from Carleton University took me. From studying English Literature with a focus on James Joyce and then performing spoken-word poems about his favourite subject (sex!), to crafting paid opinion-pieces and writing about bands/theatre/comedy/ books for the old Ottawa XPress, hosting a national literary television show and now teaching ol’ Sunny Jim’s Ulysses through the University of Ottawa’s Continuing Education Program, I’d say that 1998-1999 was one heck of an amazing launch-pad year!

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Veronica Fiallos, “Teaching at Algonquin College”

This is the second posting in a new series entitled “After the MA” chronicling what students choose to do after completing their MAs at Carleton.

Teaching at Algonquin College

Posted by Veronica Fiallos

In the summer of 2012 I completed my MA in English Literature at Carleton University. The 11 months I spent working towards my degree was one of the hardest, but most fulfilling years I’ve had at Carleton. Not only did I learn so much about my particular interest and passion (post-colonialism), but I met and befriended so many wonderful people in the department (a few of them are still working on their respective degrees today).

However, like any graduate student on track to finishing a degree, I was scared about the future. I knew with a 100% certainty that I wasn’t going to be pursuing a Ph.D. While there were elements of the Ph.D that attracted my interest, I felt that I had come to the end of a journey; a chapter of my life was coming to a close and that felt right. I was ready to move on and do something else. For two years I had been asked by almost everyone I knew why I was doing an MA (in English no less). Now the question was even more daunting to answer: What was I going to do next?

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Sara Langevin, “Teaching at CÉGEP”

This is the first posting in a new series entitled “After the MA” chronicling what students choose to do after completing their MAs at Carleton.

Teaching at CÉGEP

Posted by Sara Langevin 

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Sara, and I’m a fellow book-obsessed grad student who inhabited the 18th and 19th floor of Dunton Tower from September 2010 to August 2011.  When I applied to Carleton, my plan was to do the MRP stream during the summer, with what I thought was an awesome project incorporating my interest in languages and Canadian literature.  Well, as many things do, my plans changed throughout the year! 

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