Student Spotlight - Mathilda Lambert
Written by: Michael Mytrunec
Photography by: Dylan Wee
As seen in the November 2017 issue.
Mathilda Lambert is versatile in every sense of the word. Her long list of experiences includes working as a TA for BUS 202, planning weddings at the U of A Botanical Gardens, representing Victoria’s Secret/Pink as a campus rep, and serving as the President of the UAMA. This month, Lazy Faire got to speak with her about all her amazing pursuits.
As someone in the Bilingual BCom program, what’s it like studying in another language?
To start, I have kind of always studied in another language. I was born and raised in France and moved here when I was 11 years old. Moving here, not speaking English, I did all of my schooling in Francophone schools. It wasn’t actually until my second year that I took my first course fully in English. Looking at my options, it made sense to go with the Bilingual BCom program and I really valued the opportunity to continue my education in French until the very end.
Has that helped as a TA for BUS 202?
I think I have an advantage as a TA in that all of my students have English as a second language and I can relate to that having gone through a language adjustment myself. I think it makes me more approachable and helps with understanding and patience.
Have you learned anything in that position?
A lot. It has definitely opened my eyes to cultural barriers and a lot of the things you have to go through as an international student. Overall, it’s just been nice to have different conversations with all my students.
What attracted you to UAMA, and what is it like being in charge?
What attracted me at first was that I was a marketing major going in my first year of business, which is what kind of drove my interest, but I think what really kept me interested over the years is the team aspect. It hasn’t really been about having something that I can put on my resume but really having a home away from home. The UAMA team is a great support to have within Business and I think a lot of people can agree that they found a group that really matches their values. That’s UAMA for me.
As for being the leader, I have really enjoyed the experience and it is definitely not something I thought I would do when I applied in my first year to be a director. I grew really attached to the club and I think it is going so well because it is something that I really care about. There is always something more than you can do than just what is expected out of your position and that is definitely what I am trying to do as a leader. It is definitely a learning experience being in a leadership position but the strong teambuilding makes it so much easier.
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