A Wallace High School pupil recently spent a week representing Northern Ireland at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The sixteen year old Lisburn girl, along with teenagers from across Ireland, had been selected following her success in the Soroptomists Public Speaking Competition. Charlotte won the Lisburn heat of the competition in October and went on to represent Lisburn at the Northern Ireland finals in January, where she was highly commended.
Charlotte explained that the trip to the European Parliament was both educational and fun.
“I’m studying French and Spanish at AS level and I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to use my languages. Seeing the workings of the parliament was also very interesting . We had the opportunity to take part in several debates and discussions on key European issues such as immigration and the EU response to global terrorism – these discussions also gave me plenty of ideas and insights for the Culture and Society modules of my Language exams.
I also had the chance to learn a little bit of other languages such as Italian. I spent a week’s work experience in January with the export department of an engineering firm, working with translators. Visiting the Parliament in Strasbourg also gave me a valuable insight into the careers available in the European Union, including translation and interpreting.
I’m glad to say I also had a bit of spare time to enjoy sightseeing and shopping. Getting to know the other Soroptomists’ representatives from right across Ireland was also great. I’d like to thank Wallace High and the Lisburn Soroptomists for giving me this superb opportunity and I’d certainly recommend taking part in the competition to other young people.”
Last modified: October 16, 2007