Blog Post 1: About Me

Hi everyone! My name is Béatrice Viens Côté and I am currently in my third year of Communication Studies. I just come back from a student exchange in Melbourne, Australia. It was a fantastic experience and I recommend anyone who gets the opportunity to go abroad grab it right away, without hesitating. Now’s the time, my friends! You’ll thank me later 😉 .

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Most of my time is spent hanging out with friends and family, listening to and playing music, taking photographs, writing, enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, planning (or more like dreaming of) future trips and, of course, studying.

My goal for this class is to get a better understanding of the space we live in and how bodies interact with it. It is also learning about the space that is virtual, unseen by the human eye, untouched, imagined. It is learning about an environment that is constantly changing – that is adapting to life through the centuries; that is used or modified to fill certain needs.

I had a hard time pinpointing which space was my favourite. I am the kind of person who dislikes sticking at the same spot for a long time – life has so much to offer, I’d rather discover all of it! Therefore, because movement is a necessity for me, I sense airports fit me well. Airports have a myriad of stories to tell. Whether it is leaving for somewhere new, waiting for those you love, or going back home, a story does not wait after another – they happen simultaneously. Airports are filled with a mixture of emotions – I feel like you could not get such a high concentration of all human emotions anywhere else, and just that scene is moving to me. Airports are happiness and sadness. They are frustration and sources of stress. They are generosity and mutual aid. They are freedom and open-mindedness. They are located in a specific area, yes, but in that matter, they feel international; borders don’t really exist. To a certain extent, I would also add airplanes as my favourite space. Even though they make most of us feel confined and nervous – I mean, were humans really meant to fly – they are, in most of cases, objects of excitement, discovery of the unknown. They are encounters with the stranger – what you believe is a stranger, but in the end, you call him a neighbour – and perspectives of the world that were unrevealed up to the moment you reach a few feet in the sky. It is this bird’s-eye view you could never truly understand otherwise.

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5 things faculty does that make learning harder:

– Lack of dynamism

– Lack of open-mindedness to the different points of view

– Handing out very long and complicated readings

– Lack of communication between professors and students

– Lack of equality for all students

5 things faculty does that make learning easier:

– Being passionate about, or at least very comfortable with the subject.

– Being approachable and reachable in order to engage in one-on-one discussions with students

– Giving clear guidelines concerning the various assignments

– Making efficient use of class time

– Providing personalised feedback on the assignments.

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