Student Spotlight: Evelyne Verrette
1. What program are you studying at BU/what year, and what program have you studied in the past?
I am doing a Major in International Political Economy (IPE) with an Honours in Economics. I also hold a Bachelor of Business Administration from the William School of Business where I graduated in 2018.
2. Why did you choose your honour/major/minor?
I am curious and I love to learn about the world around me. The IPE program is a good complement to my business degree as I am interested in economic development and social entrepreneurship. Moreover, I love social sciences and mathematics so the Honours in Economics is a perfect fit for me!
3. What are you involved with at Bishop’s?
Last year, I was a French tutor at the French Help Centre online. I was also part of the 2020-2021 Model United Nations Delegation, representing Ireland on the Commission of the Status of Women. In the past, I have also been involved in the running club and the Bishop’s Peer Tutoring Program.
4. What are you involved with outside of BU?
Outside of Bishop’s, I have been involved in Marie-Claude’s Bibeau Youth Council for two consecutive years from 2018 to 2020. The council meets about 4 times a year to discuss and exchange on different issues. Council members also have the chance to visit Parliament Hill for one full day and participate in a short community project. To be considered, you must apply on Mme. Bibeau’s website, usually in the Fall.
This year, I have also been part of the Action Interculturelles’s Jeune Leader committee. The committee is involved in a program called Dialogue +. As part of the program, I have animated 3 podcasts whose goals is to foster intercultural rapprochement while preventing socio-cultural discrimination and prejudice. One example of these podcasts can be found here: (153) Le bénévolat comme élément d'intégration à la culture québécoise - YouTube. Actions Interculturelles is a community organization located in Sherbrooke.
5. What are your hobbies outside of the academic and professional realm?
From time to time, I give of my time to sing and/or play piano in different events. I also play different team sports!
6. What are you most proud of up to now? (School, work, etc.)
I am proud to have published my first-ever research paper in the Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy and Society (UJPPS) based in Ottawa, this year. This journal publishes peer-reviewed work of undergraduate students in social sciences and humanities. The theme for the 2021 issue was ‘’Politics in the Pandemic’’. A link to my economic paper entitled “Buying Local Initiatives in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic” can be found here at p.154: View of Vol 4 No 1 (2021): Politics in the Pandemic (ujpps.com)
A “3-Minute Thesis’’ presentation of my paper also won a cash prize in the Undergraduate Students – Social Sciences and Education division at the BU’ 2021 Research Communication Competition.
Following this competition, I was offered a ticket to watch the Congrès de l’Acfas that was hosted by Bishop’s University and the University de Sherbrooke online in Spring 2021, which was a very valuable experience to me!
7. What are your future goals? Work/school plans?
Develop my research, entrepreneurial, and data-analysis skills through internships, training, and different on-the-ground experiences. Find opportunities in the community and social economy sector!
8. Favorite class you’ve taken at Bishop’s University?
POL 112 - Introduction to Canadian Politics
9. Best ways to succeed in Politics/international studies at Bishop’s
Find good work partners and be passionate!