Graduating with an honours BHK in movement science with a minor in psychology
How did you pick your major of study, and why did you choose the University of Windsor?
I chose Human Kinetics because I grew up constantly involved in athletics, and felt to was the perfect match to my interests. I chose the University of Windsor because it allowed me to stay at home, as well, the University of Windsor offer one of the best Kinesiology departments in Canada, so choosing any other school could not have compared to how exceptional the Windsor program is.
What were your expectations of university? Has the University of Windsor met those expectations?
Going into university I expected it to be a challenge due to the workload as well as the transition. I expected none of the professors to know me by name, and to show little compassion towards students’ difficulties. However, I was very wrong. Though the workload was a challenge, through setting priorities the workload was manageable. I could not have been more wrong about the faculty. In first year, with 200 other students in my classes, professors made a point to learn all our names, and emphasized that their doors were always open to us. Professors really understood the transition between high school and university. They provided all the opportunities needed to be successful as a student. I could not be more thankful to my professors for how much care they show to each student, and the effort they put in to building relationships with students.
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 I have learned about myself is that if I put enough work into something, I will be able to accomplish it, and university has been exemplary of this. The university has also taught me that all other people, regardless of status (i.e., professor, administration, dean) are all human. Meaning, there is no need to be intimidated by someone due to status. In the end each person I came into contact with at the university was there to help me, and truly wanted the best for me. Finally, Human Kinetics may be the most diverse program imaginable. There are so many opportunities that can come from a Human Kinetics degree. Human Kinetics has provided so many opportunities for me that I never thought possible, or even knew existed.
What would you say has been the most memorable part of your UWindsor experience?
The most memorable part of my UWindsor experience is the people that I have met. Human Kinetics is not just a faculty, it is more of a family. Human Kinetics is slightly separated from main campus and this allows all of the students to constantly be together, and really promotes togetherness, and cohesiveness. This may be the most memorable as well as valuable experience UWindsor has given me.
Please tell us why you are proud to be part of the University of Windsor’s graduating class of 2011.
I am proud to be a graduate of the University of Windsor class of 2011 because I will be an alumna of a University that has been extremely influential in my life. Knowing I will always be a part of the University of Windsor is something I will continue to be proud of because I am part of a group of people that accomplished something great. Many great people have graduated from the University of Windsor and to be part of this group is a great feeling.
Did you have a course, professor or classmate who inspired you?
I could never pick a single professor or classmate who has inspired me because I have met so many influential people in my four years at the University of Windsor. Professors within the Human Kinetics faculty have taken the time to develop me as a student, as well as a person. Through this they have inspired me to pursue a graduate studies degree, and have really instilled confidence in me to be able to do so. The classmates I have had were truly inspiring. To me is seems Human Kinetics attracts an amazing calibre of students, all very accepting of others, and always willing to help a classmate. I am so lucky to have met the people I have through my time at the University of Windsor.
What are your plans following graduation?
Human Kinetics graduate school at the University of Windsor.