Fourth Year
Rhodes Scholar
School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH); Sexuality Studies; Scholar's Electives
London, Ontario

Anova, London Poetry Slam Collective, Creativitea Writing Group, Emergence Queer Arts Festival, WORDSFest London, SASAH Blog, London Pride, Woodland Cemetery

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I chose to come here primarily for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Coming out of high school, I had so many interests and didn't want to limit myself. Looking at other programs that were so streamlined didn't seem like the best choice to honor all of my interests and abilities, and the professors working in SASAH reached out to me and demonstrated how interdisciplinary work could connect my different theoretical perspectives in productive and imaginative ways.

I learned so much more about the world and myself than I ever expected to when I came to Western.

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

I think the highlight of my education has been the personalized support that I've received from professors. Once I was able to define my interests, I started approaching professors who worked in similar fields, and I ended up building incredible academic relationships with people who pushed me to my limits during my time here. There's been nothing that has helped me more to develop my stances and my insights, and I can't imagine my education at Western without them.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am applying to MA programs and plan on getting my Ph.D. in the field of gender studies. Transgender studies hasn't broken down the institutional barriers within the university yet, so as a career goal, through writing and teaching, I plan on developing this field and demonstrating its worth as a philosophical tool.

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

If you see an opportunity to develop yourself as a person, take it! Grades don't define you, and if you can't connect what you're doing in the classroom to what you hope to accomplish in your community, it won't mean as much.

Reach out, volunteer, perform, create, and make that just as much a part of your education as your essays.

What is the best thing about your program or department?

The professors and faculty, I have not met a single professor who is not passionate about what they do, willing to share that passion, and willing to tirelessly offer opportunities to students for their development.

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