Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Massimo Perruzza

massimoProgram: Philosophy

Year of Study: Second

Hometown: Woodbridge, Ontario

Extra-Curricular Involvement: Member, Italian Club, Vice President Finance, Arts and Humanities Students’ Council, Member, School of Thought (Philosophy)

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western? 

I chose Arts and Humanities at Western because I wanted to study something that I would enjoy. It is amazing to be able to go to class everyday and feel excited about what I am going to learn because in the faculty of Arts and Humanities I have the opportunity to further my knowledge of topics about which I am passionate. 

What is one highlight of your Arts and Humanities experience so far?

The highlight of my Arts and Humanities experience so far has been the ease with which I have met so many people that I am happy to call my friends. The Western community is amazingly accepting, and I feel none of the competition or pressure that you hear about in other schools; most students are more than willing to help if you ask, and I do not feel too intimidated to ask for anything ranging from directions to help with understanding a particularly confusing concept in class.

 What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to attend law school, hopefully in Ontario, maybe even at Western, but I can’t predict where I will be at the moment. I want to take some time off after I graduate to travel around Europe, and maybe the rest of the world if circumstances permit it, but I am excited to further my career goals. I have always wanted to be a lawyer, and philosophy is a great stepping-stone for me because of the skills that it teaches, and because it is one of my passions. 

What advice would you give to incoming Arts and Humanities students?

Be sure to manage your time wisely. University is busy and it can be difficult to balance everything you want to do with everything you have to do. Finding a middle ground ensures you stay happy and healthy while still keeping academics at the forefront. Find a club or hobby that you like (it won’t be hard; there is plenty to do at Western), and take some time to relax so you don’t overwork yourself. 

What is the best thing about your department?

The best thing about my program is its versatility. Philosophy degrees can be used as a starting point for many career paths, and most employers appreciate the skills that come with studying philosophy. Critical thinking becomes ingrained in everything you do and you see things in a new light when examining them through a philosophical lens. This level of attention to detail is important no matter where life takes you. The writing and communication skills that you learn in Arts and Humanities, and especially philosophy, are essential to any career aspiration. I am grateful for the practical skills associated with my program, in addition to learning about things that I find interesting.