Lexie

SASAH and Global Development, minor in Transitional Justice and Post Conflict Reform
Bolton, Ontario 


Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I chose A&H at Western because there were so many opportunities that followed along with the program itself. It showed as if all people apart of A&H had a common ground of thought, had access to multiple resources on campus, and a variety of courses that would expand my learning experience.

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

The highlight of my student experience has definitely been the amount of extra curricular opportunities offered on campus. I love my courses don’t get me wrong, but I have always found social activity to be very exciting, and is a great way to meet new people and maintain drive and commitment within my studies.

For example in first year I took Spanish, but I also got involved in community outreach for Spanish students, which was a more interactive way to get students to participate in Spanish culture.

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What did you gain from your internship with Raise the Roof?

Working at Raising the Roof has taught me a lot about being on a team, which is important as I prepare for future aspirations that will involve a lot of project management and community building in my field of study.

I would go in to the office every day, and it wouldn’t feel like work, it would feel as if I was entering a space of comfort and safety, because everyone always made me feel important and welcome.

I learned a lot about homelessness and how prevention strategies are just as necessary as conclusion strategies are, and I got a feel for the non-for profit sector environment.

This internship was a great opportunity for me to see my capabilities, and goals.

How have your studies prepared you for the future?

My studies continue to prepare me for my future, but so far I have learned a great deal about what it means to be part of a community, to lead in that community, and how to approach situations with an open mind. All these things I have learned by partaking in extra curriculars that I became aware of through my programs, professors who have directed me to try new things, and course contents also have all widened my views on how I ought to go about leading my own path.  

What do you hope to pursue in the future?

I hope to pursue a career working for the UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) sometime in the future, but the plan is to first get into a masters program in Refugee Displacement after graduation, and then work my way up by getting more experience working for some Non-for profit/Non governmental organizations. 

What was your favourite Western moment?

My favorite Western moment so far was probably when I volunteered as an International Peer Guide last year, and I brought a group of my international students from China to a hockey game in Thompson Arena. They had a blast, and it was their first time watching a hockey game before, so I felt as if I had brought them to something on campus that was new and exciting and that felt very rewarding!

The highlight of my student experience has definitely been the amount of extra curricular opportunities offered on campus.

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