Below you will find a list of the volunteer editors who worked on issue no. 11, and farther down are the editorials from each year’s issue. Many thanks to all those who worked hard to bring the journal to completion this time around, under the difficult circumstances of the winter 2020 semester.
If you are interested in volunteering as an editor, please contact the faculty advisers by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will put out a new call for editors in the fall of 2020, and we will contact you in late September to come to our initial editorial meeting. Thank you for your interest in the Dawson English Journal!
Editorial Committee of 2019-2020
My name is Tina and I’m a first-year Liberal Arts student here at Dawson. I am no stranger to overstressing, I’m sure many can relate, which isn’t helped by such a demanding, albeit fun, program as Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts program at Dawson is extremely well-rounded due to its combination of various disciplines and is small enough that everyone is friends with each other! I love astronomy and also greatly enjoy reading, especially sci-fi and fantasy, as well as writing in such genres. My ultimate goal in life is unsurprisingly to publish a novel, but right now, my future plans are to become a fiction editor and hopefully work for a publishing company.
My name is Amelie Chornet, I am currently in the International Business Studies profile here at Dawson. Escape from Social Sciences courses through literature has been something I’ve been seeking the moment I started studying at Dawson. The DEJ caught my eye and through joining the team of editors, I was able to nourish my curiosity and my love for literature. Regarding my future, I’m looking to continue my studies in business, but mostly, I’m letting things shape themselves and I simply applaud the process while maintaining my avid thirst for knowledge!
Hi! I’m Beth, an ALC Literature student here at Dawson. My passion has always been stories – reading and telling them, and then eventually dissecting and analyzing them. In terms of fiction, I love horror, mythology, contemporary fantasy, and the occasional (okay, frequent) trashy YA romance. In my spare time, I paint, draw, crochet, and write – all of them poorly, but nonetheless with great enjoyment. I’m hoping my studies will lead me to being a Cegep-level English teacher one day so I can share my love of stories in a meaningful way, but mostly I’m just studying what I love and going with the flow! I hope you enjoy this issue of the Dawson English Journal – I already can’t wait for next semester!
Hello there! I’m an ALC student in the languages profile and I always liked reading, arts and, obviously, languages. I decided to join the DEJ when I was taking a Reflections course because I thought it would be a good opportunity to contribute in something I like while I’m at Dawson. I plan to further my studies, probably at McGill in East Asian Studies and International Development. I don’t know where life will take me, but does anyone really? I guess my motto should be to just go with the flow.
I’m a first-year student in Dawson’s Enriched Science program studying Pure and Applied Sciences. I love learning about how the world works, but am equally interested in learning about the people who comprise it. In my free time, I enjoy reading and analyzing stories. I have, ever since childhood. I joined the DEJ to indulge in this hobby and hoped to improve my own writing along the way. In the future, I plan to continue my studies in the sciences while maintaining my passion for literature.
My name is Nia Pietrobruno. I love art, horror, aviation, thrifting, coding, and writing amongst a thousand other things. As a student in Pure and Applied who switched into Commerce, I often found it difficult to explore my interest in writing and literature. My programs didn’t tend to lend themselves to creative writing, and while juggling school, work, air cadets, and Technovation (a tech and business competition), I rarely found the time to fully focus on any personal project. After publishing an essay written for the American Gothic Reflections course in the 2019 DEJ, I knew that I wanted to become a part of the DEJ team. I’m happy that through my editor position, I was able share my passion for writing once more before leaving Dawson to pursue a degree in Finance at Concordia’s JMS.
My name is Leana Ramirez and I am an International Business student at Dawson College. I would describe myself as an avid learner and a wannabe polymath; I have a deep thirst for knowledge and value intellect, curiosity, and versatility of the mind. The Dawson English Journal is a way for me to focus on my passion for writing and editing in the midst of my study of global economies and entrepreneurship. I really don’t know what the future holds for me, but what I do know is I look forward to reading new books, watching movies, discovering new places, laughing with my friends, and living life at its fullest.
Hello readers! Ann here! I’m one of the editors for this year’s English Journal. During the editing period, I was a second year in Pure and Applied Science and now I’m heading to university into Software Engineering. I always loved literature and got involved in editing when I was in high school – which was why being an editor for Dawson caught my eye. It was great fun reading everyone’s submissions and I hope everyone continues writing wonderful works for future editors. Even though I will not be pursuing a career in literature, I won’t let that stop me from continuing what I love.
Editorials: From the editors to our readers
Editorial: Winter 2020
Welcome to the 11th edition of the Dawson English Journal! This edition of the Dawson English Journal contains a sample of the best writing that Dawson College has to offer. Despite the many hardships and difficulties this hectic semester brought us – trying to survive a global pandemic for example—this journal remains a tie between students of different backgrounds. The writers featured in these pages discuss identity, poetry, monstrosity, and current events in a homogeneous union of essays.
After reading through the many submissions, as Frankenstein with his creation, we had to pick and choose the right fit for our journal, assemble the right pieces, and finally edit them to achieve the best results. Our collective ensemble of words reflected our true intentions; to lift the student’s voices and showcase their talent in a renowned literary journal. However, this semester has been difficult for all of us students and teachers. Severed human contact helped desperation spread like plague. Though we may not have formed the deepest connections as student editors, through this journal, we hope to make you feel the connections we all wished to have these past months.
As you read these essays, think of the person behind each sentence, behind each unique wording. Think of them as a friend sharing with you a piece of their world and think of the real-life conversations you could have. Let these essays shape a portion of your mind, no matter how small it is, and feel the ideas behind every story shape your views on the world. It is what makes us human.
A big congratulations to the students who submitted to our literary journal. Without your artistry and skill, this journal would have been a figment of our imagination. We loved the diversity of the essays received and we hope you, the reader, will love it as much as we did.
To all the talented students who wish to join our team as student authors, think no more! By showing an interest in publishing your work, you have already reached a big milestone. Who knows, maybe you will take a liking to it! We cannot wait to read you next year.
A big thank you to the student editors who took the time and energy to read the submitted essays solely due to their passion for literature. Never let that fire be extinguished. Thank you for putting your editing skills to good use and for making our school proud.
Thank you to our faculty advisers Rebecca Million, Shalon Noble, and Lorne Roberts for going forward with the journal despite the difficulties. This would not have been possible without you.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the person reading this. Thank you for taking an interest in what our school has to offer and thank you for giving our students a voice. You make our work very gratifying.
On behalf of the editorial team, happy reading!
Leana Ramirez, Editor
Editorial: Winter 2019
Welcome to the 10th edition of the Dawson English Journal! We have worked hard going through the 2017-2018 student submissions and are now pleased to bring you the very best of Dawson’s academic student writing. We hope that you enjoy reading through our compilation as much as we did.
We owe a massive thank you to our contributors, without whom none of this would have been possible. Your hard academic work is now immortalized within our journal containing the finest writing Dawson had to offer this academic year. Each of the essays we received was a pleasure to read, and, though it was hard to narrow them down to a fraction of the number received, we do believe that these are truly the crème de la crème of a wonderful bunch. From literary analysis to more personal pieces, the diversity within the texts was endearing and made it hard to select only a few. Thank you for daring to submit your work; opening yourself up to a panel of judges is no easy task. We urge whoever may be interested to submit their work for our next edition!
Thank you so much to every editor who volunteered to make the journal what it is. We admire your willingness to take some time from your busy schedules to create this year’s edition of the Dawson English Journal. Your critical thinking, time investment and editorial skills are greatly appreciated! Reading through a hefty number of texts and then debating them can seem like a daunting task, but you were all up to the challenge. Thank you for putting your English skills to the test and for making sure that the Journal represents the very best our school has to offer. Furthermore, for those who worked on the graphic design, thank you for making the English Journal as beautiful as it is. It would be impossible to be what we are without you.
We also want to thank our faculty advisors, Rebecca Million and Lorne Roberts, for their endless support and guidance. You have been the foundation to our house, the cross-beams to our ship, the little wooden stick to our popsicle, and we would not have been able to do this without you. You’ve diligently organized this 10th edition and reminded us of deadlines, for which we are grateful. Your beaming attitude and will to help us will always be remembered!
On behalf of the entire editorial team, we wish you a pleasant read through the Journal. We hope that your ideas will be challenged and that you will learn something new. The texts within this book are excellent and deserve to be read beyond the classroom!
Danielle Renaud and Camille Delagrave-Ajduk, Editors 2018-2019
EDITORIAL: WINTER 2017
Welcome to the 2017 issue of the Dawson English Journal! Let me thank you for investing your time in reading this compilation of the best writing you can find in our school.
To all those brave students who submitted their work, thank you for your interest and support. You are the ones who make the journal possible. This year we received submissions ranging from personal essays about social trends, to academic essays about literature and its contexts, to creative pieces like poems and short stories, of which you may find examples between these pages.
To any shy students who may find themselves unsure about sending in their work, take courage! Putting your work up for criticism is not an easy task; in fact, it can be a little scary. However, if you truly think your ideas are great, take a chance and give it a try. It’s a rewarding experience.
A big thank you to the students who volunteered as editors and graphic designers. Despite the challenges, we persevered and our hard work has paid off!
Also, special thanks to faculty advisers Rebecca Million (co-founder of the journal) and Shalon Noble for their help and effort in seeing this project through.
We hope you enjoy some of the best writing at Dawson College. On behalf the editorial team of the 2017 issue, happy reading!
Veronica S. Naranjo, Editor
EDITORIAL: WINTER 2016
Welcome to the seventh edition of the Dawson English Journal.
From short stories to epic novels, poetic expressions of feelings to angry essays about politics, and examining mythology in our favorite literary classics, this edition of the Journal will surely have something to interest you. You will have the chance to enjoy some of our Dawson students’ finest essays. To all of our readers, thank you for your interest in our beloved publication. It takes time, effort, and a bit of courage for both students and editors to share their work and bring out the best in their writing abilities. The editing process can be difficult sometimes; differences in opinion arise often but the motivation to show off the best English writing our college has to offer is reason enough to work through the differences.
Once a year, Dawson students are invited to send us their best English essays in the hopes of getting their work published. We appreciate the diversity and talent that the students have shown through their writing, and of course, we appreciate the teachers that make it all possible. Rebecca Million founded the journal when a former student of hers suggested the idea back in 2010. It shows that when students and teachers work together, great things can come from it. Genuine appreciation for each other’s work makes learning an easier and more enjoyable activity for all. This year we would like to graciously say thanks to Shalon Noble for taking on the effort to lead the journal. We could not have done this year’s issue without you!
So if you are a student with great ideas to share or an English teacher looking for some bragging rights to let the college know that your class writes the best essays, send us an essay and talk to your students. Let the world read them; you never know what great things may come from it until you give it a try!
Therefore, on behalf of the entire editing team, thank you for the support, the positive responses, the amazing submissions, and above all, your time spent reading the Dawson English Journal.
Sahib Al-shemeri, Editor
EDITORIAL: WINTER 2015
Welcome to the 2015 issue of the Dawson English Journal!
In this edition, we cover a variety of topics in the form of essays, formal or personal. The literary works covered range from Lord of the Rings to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with a commentary on music to wrap up this little gift.
An editing process for any piece of work is never easy, but the task of editing over forty submissions is quite daunting. Editors will have opinions that the others will disagree on and we need to make the tough decision to eliminate a student’s hard work from the final pile. However, the students look to us as editors to dress up their work to the nines and represent our college in the most positive light. Our differences can easily be set aside for this purpose, wouldn’t you agree?
The students have to be especially commended. Putting one’s work forward for criticism is not an easy task, especially with the risk of rejection. However, all who submitted are brave souls who were willing to take the risk and submit their best work to this journal. That is enough to make them winners for our college.
If anyone reading this is a student with big ideas and an essay to match, take your courage in both hands and send it to us. You may have the pleasure of seeing it online or in a hard copy in your hands!
Having said all of this, on behalf of the 2014-2015 editing team, I’d like to extend many thanks to those who submitted and all those who continue to support Rebecca Million’s endeavors to show off our top-notch writers.
Sara Capanna, Editor