Category Archives: Our Bloggers

Each semester two students are chosen to write blogs on a regular basis about their experiences in Montreal.

Chilly Romance in Montreal

By Freeman Fletcher (FILM ’18)

Old Montreal in the winter: still charming (Sammi Vashaw)

Last weekend, my girlfriend (yeah, you and me both) came up to visit Montreal for the first time. Given that I myself am experiencing this city with relatively fresh eyes, the prospect of designing a weekend filled with exploration, discovery, and romance was a daunting one. Thankfully, I had the city to help me out.

Montreal is vast and diverse. I’m talkin’ “Douglas Adams’ brain on hallucinogens” vast and diverse here. And it can get cold. I’m talkin’ “need a tauntaun’s stomach to survive the night” cold. At least, that’s the case in the winter. These are two speed bumps when it comes to wandering around a city (especially, as my shrink keeps trying to tell me, because apparently tauntauns “don’t exist”…).

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Dining in the Dark

By Laura Reilly (EGPR ’18)

Laura’s suitemates at O Noir before entering the culinary void (Laura Reilly)

Montreal is well known for its food culture and exotic restaurants. Over the weekend my suitemates and I decided to check out O Noir, a restaurant ten minutes away from the residences. What’s cool about O Noir is that the eating experience is completely in the dark where the wait staff are seeing impaired. If you’ve ever duct taped shut your eyes and tried to eat dinner, you’re almost halfway there!

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Discovering Montreal

By Freeman Fletcher (FILM ’18)

Spring 2017 students gathered in the Residence lobby during Orientation (Hannah Cartmel)

I entered Montreal on a bus, the most dystopian civilian transport this side of the people wagons from Planet of the Apes. I was nervous and it was raining. I was nervous because I hail from a small town in Maine and have never stayed in a city for longer than a couple days at a time on family vacations. It was raining because of global warming.

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The Internship Chronicles – Emily Poltor

By Emily Poltor (Theater – Ohio Wesleyan ’17)

An important part of my journey in my major has been taking what I’ve learned in the classroom and spending some time away and putting it into practice. Learning about Montreal theatre through my internship at MainLine Theatre has been a unique experience that I get to bring back to my colleagues in Ohio. 

Located on the busy street of St. Laurent, MainLine Theatre is an affordable theatre for companies to rent and rehearse in. As a result of this, I have seen all different types of theatre — anywhere from improv to musicals to one person shows — pass through MainLine’s two theaters. Down the street from the theatre is MainLine’s gallery space where art shows came and went throughout my time.

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The Internship Chronicles – Maina Chen

By Maina Chen; Professional Writing ’18

Ever since I came to Champlain, I’ve been fighting. I’ve had a difficult road to travel and I’m not close to finishing; but it all started when I decided I wanted to be a Game Writer. Barely had I stepped foot into Accepted Students Day, did my soon-to-be writing professors inform me that the game writing specialization was gone. With it, they nearly dashed my hopes of ever pursuing the career.

It became this whole endeavor of trying to revive the specialization with a few peers, while improving on my own writing skills–not once did I ever give up on my goal. The whole reason why I chose an out-of-state college and left NYC, is because of Champlain’s Professional Writing program, and the college’s involvement in the video game industry. I knew that if I didn’t choose this school, it would be almost impossible for me to gain valuable information about the industry, and learning the ropes around it.

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