Convocation, Political Science, Department of French

Political Science and French graduate, Marina Bishara, has sights set on a career in law

June 10, 2020

By: Caylin Barrett

This June, Marina Bishara graduates from Simon Fraser University with honours, taking a BA in political science and an extended minor in French. As she moves on to new things, she’s taken some time to reflect on how SFU was able to open her up to a world of new opportunities.

Marina was first attracted to SFU by her interest in the French cohort program. She felt that the program’s multidisciplinary nature would not only give her a leg up in the job market but allow her to play to her varied strengths. Some of her favorite courses were on democratic theory because they really allowed her to hone her critical thinking skills.

“I took two democratic theory classes, one with Dr David Matijasevich and the other with Dr Michael Laurence. The topics were very thought-provoking and yielded really interesting discussions in the class.”

While studying political science Marina also discovered an interest in the field of international relations. This led her to attending the NATO field school and Simulation Program, which she describes as one of the most positive experiences in her undergraduate career.

After graduation Marina plans to challenge herself further by applying her diverse skillset to the field of law.

“I will be pursuing a Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa’s English Common Law program! I’m really interested in seeing how my Political Science background plays into my study of law.”

Read more about Marina’s story below.

What were your favorite courses or instructors during your undergraduate degree? What assignments or projects were highlights for you?
The highlight project is definitely my Honours thesis which I did under Dr. Jérémie Cornut’s supervision. I loved having the independence of researching a topic that I’m passionate about while also getting expert feedback on the work.

What skill or experience would you say has been the most valuable to you?
I would say being able to look at a text, evaluate its argument’s merits and verify its sources. It helps one to critically think through what we’re exposed to.

What was your most memorable moment during your undergraduate studies?
I don’t think I have a particular moment to remember but rather a routine of being at SFU. Arriving to campus really early on, grabbing a hot drink from Renaissance cafe, and proceeding to my favourite study spot until my first lecture starts.

Can you offer any advice or words of wisdom and encouragement to new undergraduate students in your field?
I would tell them there are plenty of opportunities wherever you look! Take advantage of them and make the most out of your time at SFU!