BA, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of Arts and Science
Governor General’s Silver Medal
Jing Fu’s professional interests lie in theoretical linguistics, developmental psychology and neuroscience. She is currently enrolled in a graduate program in speech language pathology at McGill University.
“Before completing my undergraduate degree in linguistics at Concordia, I worked as a flight dispatcher back in China,” Fu says.
3 keys to a good education
- Knowledgeable and helpful professors. They always give me great guidance to help me achieve my academic goals.
- Critical thinking and critical reasoning. Just as Confucius once put it: To learn without thinking is blindness, to think without learning is idleness.
- Good education should ignite genuine passion for the study itself — education is not about filling buckets, it is about lighting fires.
2 lessons learned at Concordia?
- Always be organized and don’t snowball the work and cram at the last minute.
- Learning is more active and efficient if you can take even 10 minutes to preview the materials before the class.
1 piece of advice for graduates
- I have a feeling that most of us, including myself, make the mistakes of thinking and wondering too much without taking any action. The more important thing is to go out into the real world and learn from your own experience, not those of others.
I was made aware of the profession of speech therapist through my work in a children’s hospital and my part-time job as a daycare educator. Then I started my second bachelor’s degree at Concordia, and it was only through study that I realized linguistics is my “true love.”
Next great goal
- I will finish my master’s degree and then go back to China, where people with specific linguistic impairment (SLI) need supportive services.
Currently, fewer than 1,000 speech-language pathologists serve a population four times that of the United States. I want to train the medical community there on speech therapy use, bring up the awareness of SLI and change the practice of speech therapy in China so that Chinese children can benefit from the same services as in Canada.
I believe this will benefit millions of children in the near future.