Note: Social and Environmental Justice was formerly known as Contemporary Studies (CT), then as Society, Culture and Environment (SCE).
Relatively small class sizes and experiential learning have been my favourite aspects of my program. I am grateful for the amount of flexibility I have as a student. I really feel in charge of my own learning, and the supportive professors encourage me to push the boundaries of what I think is possible, both academically and professionally. The one thing I absolutely love about my program is the interdisciplinary nature and broad course content. I have been exposed to so many different issues our world is facing today. From my experience, employers value a broad set of skills, which is exactly what this program offers.
As a college transfer student from Conestoga College, I was quite nervous attending Laurier. I had no idea what to expect. Yet, after a short time in Brantford, my worries quickly vanished. As a commuter student from Cambridge, I feel right at home in Brantford. In the near future, I plan on pursuing graduate studies. I’m not exactly sure which direction I will take but I am confident I will find my way. Talking to my professors outside of class has helped me narrow my focus, and has made me think of possible careers in public service, law or communications, among many others.
BA Contemporary Studies and Geography
I loved my time at Laurier Brantford. As a mature student who had been out of school for some time, I received support and encouragement from my professors and classmates and enjoyed all that I was learning. I felt that I mattered. I also liked the diversity in courses and the professors’ various teaching styles. We all learn differently and having various educational approaches is key to success for everyone.
I am now teaching high school with the Grand Erie District School Board and love what I do. I teach Grade 11 Canadian Law and Grade 12 Canadian and International Law – this is a university prep course. I am also the teacher librarian at my school. I graduated with a double major in Geography and Contemporary Studies and minored in History. All three of these strengths have made me a better teacher. Many of my students are Six Nations students and I feel that the knowledge and understanding I gained as a result of my university education has greatly informed my teaching practice. I also feel equipped in preparing my Grade 12 students for their post-secondary education.
BA Contemporary Studies and English/BEd
As an aspiring teacher, my Contemporary Studies courses provided me with the knowledge and skills to not only analyze and interact with the world around me, but also to guide students in doing the same. After graduating with my BA and BEd, I went on to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in Education and Cultural Studies. Upon graduation, I worked for a not-for-profit group supporting at-risk high school students in graduating from high school. I was responsible for overseeing all of the academic programming offered by the organization, including a range of ESL programs. Two years ago, I left this position to come back to Laurier, where I now work as a recruitment and admissions coordinator.
My years at Laurier Brantford were some of the best of my life. The tight-knit community was a perfect fit for me, and offered me leadership opportunities that I likely would not have pursued elsewhere. My BA equipped me with the skills I needed to succeed not only in the education field, but in any career I choose; anywhere that you’ll need strong communication, analytical, interpersonal, research or critical thinking skills, an Arts grad has the tools required to excel. In addition to this, I strongly believe that while my degree and the skills that came along with it are what got me in the door for interviews, my extracurricular involvement (both course-related and not) was what ultimately got me the jobs.
BA Contemporary Studies
I really liked the diversity of classes that were available to me at Laurier Brantford. I could take classes in Philosophy, English, Health Studies, Criminology, and have them all relate to my Contemporary Studies (CT) courses (some of them were my CT courses). Having courses on how to think critically helped me in my path to where I am now. Being able to take classes that cover or touch on a number of different topics allowed me to stay engaged in what is going on in the world. After I graduated from Laurier Brantford (LB), I had a teaching career for a few years. But my interest in politics never dissipated; having classes at Laurier that took into account current events made reading the news part of the norm in each day. I’m now working as executive assistant to the Member of Parliament in the riding of Waterloo.
I had the best experience at LB. I got really involved in student life, starting right in my first year. I loved the experience I had at LB. Everything from the classes, (which were interesting and diverse), to the professors (who really do care about you and your well-being), to the friends, colleagues, and mentors I had along the way. Bigger is not always better – I can't imagine how things would have been different without my Laurier Brantford family. Also, I still submit my Co-Curricular Record with my resumé when applying for new jobs. That thing is gold!
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