Graduating with an honours Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology
How did you pick your major of study, and why did you choose the University of Windsor?
As much as people try to rationalize the reasons behind their choices for majors, I really settled on mine by chance and feel. I started in a degree for architecture and civil engineering. I didn't find either field very enjoyable, so I changed majors. First to mathematics, then to computer science, both before stumbling into a professor that I respect immensely that introduced me to psychology. Once I moved to the University of Windsor, I moved from psychology to developmental psychology, as I found my preference.
What were your expectations of university? Has the University of Windsor met those expectations?
The only expectation that I had for University was a greater sense of intellectual, and personal, autonomy. With the University of Windsor being such a large, and diverse, university, the personal autonomy was pretty much a given; However, when it came to intellectual autonomy, the University seemed to fall a bit short. It is striking how clear the lines between departments and subjects are drawn in the sand, and how little intellectual freedom one has with coursework.
What would you say is the most important thing you have learned at university: about yourself, about other people, about your field of study, or about the world?
The most important thing that I learned in University was that existing is a political statement. That is, no matter where one goes, or what one does, they are always being political. Standing on the sidelines of a debate or issue is merely allowing others to speak for you, so it is best to make your own message, and stand up for it.
What would you say has been the most memorable part of your UWindsor experience?
Really, I don't think that there is such thing as the “most memorable” experience at the University of Windsor. There are a great number of memorable experiences. The most meaningful to myself would have to be my time as the coordinator of Out on Campus, where we actively changed the path of the organization, and created meaningful changes, no matter how small, on the University campus.
Please tell us why you are proud to be part of the University of Windsor’s graduating class of 2011.
For the most part, I am simply glad that there is finally a tangible reward for the work, time, and money that I placed into this degree. Other than that, I am proud to be graduating with a number of my friends; people that I know will move on to have a great influence on the world at large.
Did you have a course, professor or classmate who inspired you?
Of all the professors and courses that I have had over the length of my degree, I couldn't possibly pick one that inspired me most. Many of the professors on the faculty of psychology inspired me to look beyond my undergraduate work and out into the real world. The social justice professors that I have had showed me that social justice, activism, and careers in psychology aren't mutually exclusive. And my professors in the hard sciences really showed me that passion and excellence are completely different constructs. All of these people had a sizable impact on where I am, where I am headed, and why I am headed there.
What are your plans following graduation?
After graduating, I am planning on returning to the University of Windsor for a second degree, in women's studies. After this, I plan on continuing on in psychology at the graduate level, hopefully to achieve a PhD in Clinical Psychology. During my coursework, I am hoping to continue research on sexuality and gender issues amongst marginalized sexual communities. Afterward, I am hoping to focus my efforts on those communities that I know the most about, offering services in a non-judgmental and self-identity reinforcing way.