Class of 2017 grad, Kaitlyn Fralick will be attending the University of Victoria to do her MA in English Literature this fall. Congrats Kaitlyn, we know you’ll do great things!
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells and Ready Player One by Earnest Cline.
Favourite course at Ryerson?
My favourite course has definitely been ENG 910: English Capstone Seminar. Our topic for the course was Literary Monsters, taught by Professor Sarah Henstra. Being able to learn from my peers and present my own research findings to the class was an incredible experience.
What school will you be attending in the fall and what program? What made you choose that school?
I will be attending the University of Victoria this autumn to do my MA in English Literature. I chose this school because I felt it would be a perfect fit for my research interests that incorporate Victorian literature and digital humanities. The individuals at the Centre for Digital Humanities here at Ryerson were a huge help in making this decision.
Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies?
I chose to pursue graduate studies as I want to pursue a career in academia. Overall, I just don’t feel as though I am done with school! My current goals are to pursue a PhD.
Do you have any application advice for students who want to pursue graduate studies?
Of course! Definitely attend any/all information sessions that are available to you; the Faculty of Arts hosts a couple each year that concern applications and funding, and the English Department has hosted some as well that cater more specifically to the needs of English students. Also, connecting with some of your professors to discuss your plans and ask for advice can be really helpful. As someone who didn’t really know what they were doing before the application process, these steps really helped! I would also suggest starting early. Attempting to complete applications during the semester can get really hectic.
How have you changed as a student since freshman year? Have your academic interests changed at all? (Were you interested in one thing that all of a sudden opened a door to something else or turned off your interest?)
Definitely! When I entered my undergraduate degree I hadn’t considered pursuing a career in academia, but this was something I began to think about near the end of my second year. Through working with Professor Janzen Kooistra at the Centre for Digital Humanities as a research assistant, I was really able to solidify my research interests and career goals.
What is one thing you wish you knew as a freshman entering university?
For my freshman year, I really wish I just knew what I was doing. Having been the first in my family to pursue post-secondary studies, and deciding to move into my first apartment at the same time, my first year was filled with a lot of changes and new experiences. One thing I regret not doing in my first year was getting involved on campus. Progressively as I have gone through these four years I have become more and more involved on campus; these connections that I have made throughout various volunteer and work opportunities have definitely helped me navigate my undergraduate career, and have shaped who I am today, as well as helped to shape my goals for the future.