Category Archives: Our Bloggers

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

A City of Food

By Social Media Ambassador, John Connelly (Game Programming ’21).

Poutine at La Banquise

Montreal is a bustling city, and each day leads to tons of new activities and events to go to.  From live shows, to interactive art exhibits, to our own school hosted events such as botanical light shows and improv sessions.  While all of those activities have been a blast, there is one activity that has me ecstatic no matter the time of day or occasion.  Eating food. Now when I say eating food, I don’t mean waking up and groggily pouring some milk into a bowl of Frosted flakes, I mean going out to experience as many different and unique foods that Montreal has to offer.  There is such a rich culture in Montreal, from Chinatown’s abundant Asian cuisines to Little Italy’s massive farmers market where you can get an astonishing amount of locally produced goods. It would be a shame to come here for a study abroad semester and not try a little bit of everything. Continue reading

What every Champlain student should know before coming to Montreal

Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21) sat down with former Assistant Director, Ryan Hipgrave, to get his tips and recommendations for future students after 4 amazing years at Champlain Montreal.

“My favourite memory is definitely the day that my first group was leaving.. I went into the lab and they all stood up and they gave me this gigantic group hug… it was people that I had only known for 4 months but we had become so close.” Continue reading

Faculty Profile: Noe Sardet

By John Connelly (Game Programmer ’21)

When I was given the opportunity to interview a member of our Montreal Campus faculty, I lept at the chance to interview Noé Sardet, our Emerging Media teacher.  Our Emerging Media class, for those who don’t know, is a class which teaching students how to interact and explore the new and upcoming media available in Montreal, and potentially create them in the future.  It is a very hands on class which leaves a lot of creativity in the hands of the students, with each project focusing on a completely different element of media to explore. Continue reading

A Trip to the Capital

By John Connelly (GPROG ’21)

Opportunities arise frequently for the student body here at Montreal to get together for events, and this time we were lucky enough to go out to Ottawa to see all of the cool sights of Canada outside of Montreal.  On the trip, we got to experience historic sites, museums, government buildings, Ottawan cuisine, and a taste of anglophone Canada.
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Adventures in Food Writing: Montreal

Alex Theodoreu (Game Art ’21) shows us what the students get up to in the Food Writing class in Montreal. Click on the video link to find out more!

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Adjusting to life in Montreal

By Alexandra Theodoreu (Game Art ’21)

While humans are adaptive creatures, being thrown into a new environment is never easy. I’ve moved a lot and lived in a lot of places, but I’ve never lived in a big city like Montreal. It took a little time to adjust, but so far I’ve been loving it here.

Hearing different languages everywhere you go is one of my favorite parts of being here. Sometimes you hear a different language or two back in Burlington, but definitely not everyday. Here, you hop on the Metro and every station name is spoken in French. And you don’t just hear French either, it goes from from hearing Italian at Jean Talon Market to Chinese at the Bakery that my friends and I frequent for lunch in Chinatown. Continue reading

Emerging Media in Montreal

By John Connelly (Game Programming ’21)

At the Champlain Montreal Campus, every class is full of interesting subjects and information to absorb, but of all of them the one I most look forward to every week is Emerging Media.  The class is one of the two CORE classes I am taking, and offers a wide variety of new experiences involving emerging  media in Montreal. I originally chose it because my major was Game Programming, and I figured I would rather take a CORE class that fit into my major rather than one that didn’t, but once the class began I found that this class could honestly apply to any major.   Continue reading

The Internship Chronicles: Genevieve & Megan

By Genevieve Guimond (GDES ’20) and Megan Hoins (PWRT ’19)

During the Fall 2018 semester, two of our students interned at Double Stallion’s Montreal studio

Genevieve

Double Stallion was founded in 2013, and was helped along in its inception by the game company incubator Execution Labs. Their first two games were mobile: Big Action Mega Fight! was released on iOS and Android in 2013 and OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo! was released in 2016. That game is actually a property that Double Stallion partnered with Cartoon Network to create based on their show OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. During development on two of these games, Double Stallion moved on to start their most recently released project: Speed Brawl. Continue reading

Megan Says Goodbye

By Megan Hoins (PWRT ’19)

I’m going to be honest: I really didn’t think Montreal would have a huge impact on me. I just figured it would be another semester, albeit with a lot of new, fun experiences in a totally new place.

That didn’t happen. If anything, this semester had the most impact on me out of any I’ve had at Champlain, since it allowed me to get to know myself for, really, the first time in my life.

Going abroad meant depending on myself, in a lot of ways: making my own food, commuting to work, and living apart from the big college community I was used to. It also meant spending a lot of time by myself, which, as a social introvert, sounded perfectly ideal to me. Continue reading

Abby’s Final Thoughts

By Abby Scott (MRKT ’20)

When I crossed the bridge into Montreal back in August it suddenly hit me that this is where I would be until December. I have previously worked at an overnight summer camp that would keep me away from home for two months during the summer, but somehow I was still a little apprehensive about being away from everything that was familiar for so long. It had been easy for me to say that Burlington was only an hour or so away so Montreal wouldn’t be too different until I arrived. The first week here I quickly realized that I was going to be living in a city with it’s own rich and unique culture. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the city and those who formed its unique culture.

I have deeply rooted faith that purposefully placing yourself outside of your comfort zone creates an environment that nurtures growth. If we were comfortable all the time, we would never test our limits and see what we are truly capable of. During my time in Montreal, there were definitely challenges that pushed me out of my comfort zone. For me, speaking French is something that makes me wildly uncomfortable. I studied French for three years in high school and picked it up again this semester. I can read quite a few things and understand when someone speaks to me. However, speaking was always difficult because I felt I would look dense or say something wrong. Continue reading