Sydney

Fourth Year
Honors Specialization in English Language & Literature and Creative Writing
Grimsby, Ontario

Student Writer in Residence and Co-President of the Undergraduate English Society.

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I chose Arts and Humanities at Western because I've always loved Creative Writing and Western simply provided the best program structure. Most schools have limited classes in Writing, but Western has a wide range of writing genres in which to learn, and they cap Writing class sizes at twenty-six people which allows for better workshopping of pieces, and closer academic relationships with professors. Also, I just really wanted the opportunity to someday get into the Middlesex Clock Tower—my dream is still to be realized.

I feel comfortable asking professors for advice, whether it be life advice or academic advice, and I think that those kinds of relationships are extremely important.

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

The highlight of my Arts and Humanities experience has been getting the opportunity to plan English department related events through The Coterie (The Undergraduate English Society). Yearly poetry slams and other social events have connected me to other Arts students in a way that nothing else has in University.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am applying to UBC and U of T for my Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing, and after my studies, I hope to start a publishing company in which I can give underprivileged youth the opportunity to share their creative pieces with the world.

Sydney Brooman at podium

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

My advice would be to follow your intuition when it comes to your creativity. There is a difference between those who make you a better writer by teaching you methods to better your craft and those who try to change the unique way in which you see the world. Say yes to as many opportunities as you can, and it is okay to say no if something doesn't feel quite right. You should not expect yourself to be the best at everything, so do not try to spread yourself too thin.

What is the best thing about your program or department?

The sense of community that our students and professors have with one another. I feel comfortable asking professors for advice, whether it be life advice or academic advice, and I think that those kinds of relationships are extremely important.

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