February 04, 2021

Linguistics Major Makes the Most of Her SFU Undergrad Career

Mina Keung, a 4th year Linguistics major, is someone who takes advantage of the many opportunities SFU has to offer. As a study abroad student from Hong Kong, Mina decided SFU was a smart choice because students have flexibility and time to explore their options before committing to a specific discipline, while offering a wide range of courses. Mina chose Linguistics when she decided it was a useful major to explore different languages and cultures, while improving her English-speaking skills.

Mina is grateful for the many individuals who have helped navigate her path. Specifically, Mina speaks highly of the students, professors, and staff in the Linguistics department, noting that everyone is supportive and helpful; she loves the inviting atmosphere the department radiates. This emphasizes Mina’s belief that exploring, expanding and taking advantage of the opportunities and people at the university allows students to make the most of their time at SFU and offers them a solid foundation to move forward.

Keung Finds Opportunity in Extracurriculars on Campus

Mina’s engagement at SFU goes beyond academic study in Linguistics. She has found her place as a volunteer Career Peer in the SFU Career Centre. Career Peers help other SFU students build their resumes and cover letters and establish themselves professionally online. Mina notes that many students find their career path and/or passion through the extracurricular or volunteer opportunities; as a Career Peer she encourages students to explore this further and not limit themselves to their academic coursework. Through her work as a Career Peer Mina is gaining experience in advising, expanding her skillset and furthering her opportunities for the future, providing her with useful tools and experience to possibly pursue Speech Language Pathology after graduation.

Mina attributes her involvement as a Career Peer to her gaining confidence and coming out of her shell. While she considers herself an introvert, she has been able to push her limits and explore herself in new ways through her volunteer work.

If you are an SFU student and are interested in becoming a Career Peer Educator, please visit the following website for more information: https://www.sfu.ca/students/career/contact-us/team/career-peer-educators.html

Article Written by Michelle Beninteso