English, Languages, and Cultures

English, Languages, and Cultures Student Success Stories

English major Spanish major

"I was amazed at how accessible my professors were [...] Aided by their interest, and one on one support, I was able to succeed academically and gain confidence as a learner. The English Faculty not only challenges you to question the world around you, they offer a safe environment to ask the difficult questions."

Alexandra Daignault, BA - English, 2016
English major with interest in Postcolonial Studies.
Supplemented MRU experience with The 8th Annual Summer School on Black Europe.

"After completing my Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary, I was hired by the Calgary Board of Education. I am currently working full-time as a Grade 3 teacher in a Spanish Bilingual Elementary School in Calgary."

Dunja Mihajlovic, BA - Spanish, 2012

Arts_English-JRetzerJasmine Retzer (BA - English, 2014, MRU) While here she was active in many student societies and worked with the Trico Charitable Foundation through a partnership with Mount Royal to interview 15 social enterprises in Calgary and publish a series of online profiles for the Social Enterprise World Forum.

She current works full time for CJSW radio as their volunteer coordinator and also has her weekly radio show, Suffragette City.

"When I first started my degree I knew very little Spanish. I studied hard and with the encouragement of my teachers, I decided to study abroad. All of the support I received has helped me get to where I am today. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to volunteer as an interpreter for Immigrant Services Calgary...I have done several translations for real clients. I made real friends and connections there."

Brielle (Bautista) Davidsen, BA - Spanish, 2014
Associate Member, Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta (ATIA)

"Mount Royal and the Professional Writing Certificate program gave me a solid foundation of professionalism and craft that I have brought to my theatre career, and also provided me with the skills to succeed in various writing projects, from comics to copywriting.

I was excited by the caliber of both my classmates and instructors and maintain some of those relationships to this day. Without Mount Royal, I might not have developed into the artist and leader that I have become today."

Jason Mehmel, Professional Writing Certificate Program, 1999
Writer and theatre artist.
Artistic Director of Sage Theatre, a professional theatre society operating in Calgary.
Self-published comics anthology called Fight Comics.

"I'm currently teaching in a bilingual English/Spanish elementary school. I owe a large part of my success to the Spanish degree I completed at Mount Royal University. Every professor from this program helped enhanced and broaden my learning and understanding of the richness of the Spanish Language, Literature and Culture."

Erika Nieukerk, BA - Spanish, 2012
BEd - St. Mary's University
Hired by the Calgary Board of Education to start teaching in September 2015

Arts_English-THeardTyler Heard (BA - English, 2013, MRU) went to Japan to teach english in the Jet program. He definitely recommends this to anybody who is interested in teaching abroad, especially people who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

"I've had a really incredible experience here, and It's been a great opportunity to explore the country. The program itself is really well organized, and they offer a lot of support for their Assistant Language Teachers."

"My time spent in Mount Royal's English Literature program was exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding. I was exposed to an incredibly diverse spectrum of literature taught by professors who were passionate about their work, and the experience continues to influence my writing years after completing the program."

Danielle Jensen, BA - English, 2012
Successful author of three fantasy/young adult novels