Isabella Vesely

isabellaProgram: Classical Studies

Year of Study: Second

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario

Extra-Curricular Involvement: Executive of Design, Western Comedy Club, Member, Western Climbing Club, Residence Orientation Volunteer, Ontario Hall 

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I chose Arts and Humanities because, as varied as my interest are, I knew that I would only feel satisfied coming out of university if I could take the courses that interested me. I wanted to make art and learn about ancient Greece and that’s exactly what I’m doing. As soon as I walked into the Visual Arts Centre on campus, it just felt right.

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

I got to go to Greece for class and see all the historic sites and I even got a credit for it! I am still in shock that I was able to take part in one of Western’s amazing study abroad opportunities. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience; Classical Studies 3010 is definitely the highlight of my time at Western so far! 

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m just going to go with the flow. I will probably pursue a master’s degree but ultimately I hope to combine aspects of my degree to become an artifact replicator. 

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

First, get involved. Join clubs, councils, and go to every event you can. There are plenty of Arts and Humanities events every month that will be right up your alley or introduce you to something new. Second, get to know other people in the faculty. We may be small but that just means we can get extra close. It’s totally worth it to connect with people who have the same interests, values and classes as you! 

What is the best thing about your department?

Classical Studies is great because people in the department are so passionate about it. It’s hard to look away from someone so excitedly explaining the significance of some old pottery.