Kristen

Fourth Year
Honors Specialization in French Language and Literature, Major in Bioarchaeological Anthropology
London, Ontario

Théâtre L'On Donne, French Students' Association, Woodland Cemetery

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I chose Arts and Humanities at Western because of the wide variety of opportunities offered to diversify my degree, such as cross-cultural collaboration, community-engaged learning courses, and international study. I enjoyed being able to apply French language skills refined in the classroom to global contexts (France, Rwanda, Madagascar), as well as explore different areas of research, including literature, linguistics, and translation.

The option to combine two modules (French and anthropology) allowed me to cultivate my research interests in an interdisciplinary context.

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

I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in two summer international field courses: one in Kigali, Rwanda, and one in Antsiranana, Madagascar. Led by Professor Henri Boyi (French Studies) and Drs. Andrew Walsh and Ian Colquhoun (Anthropology) respectively, I was able to work with incredible community partners in both countries, studying French language acquisition and primate conservation.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I am contemplating graduate work in either French Literature or Forensic Anthropology, as I am particularly interested in carrying out my own supervised research. However, I would also be interested in becoming a certified translator in order to work with the Government of Canada.

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

My advice to incoming Arts and Humanities students is to carefully research all opportunities (both academic and extracurricular) available to them through their respective departments. This means taking the time to explore departmental websites, course offerings, open houses, and information sessions. Ultimately, this process will be invaluable for future students to not only become more familiar with their program(s) of choice, but also allow for them to get to know their professors and peers.

What is the best thing about your program/department?

The best thing about the Departments of French Studies and Anthropology is that they are quite small and intimate.

class sizes are relatively small as well, which facilitates more meaningful interaction between professors and students.

I also find the administration and academic counselling in both departments very friendly and helpful.

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