What year are you in?
I’m in third year.
What’s your favourite book?
This question frustrates me and I am the one asking it to everyone. It’s like picking a favourite child (I don’t have kids, but I can imagine). One I always recommend to people is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. It’s a very easy read and it is a lot different than your typical first-person narrative; the fact that it’s written from the point of view of an autistic boy is interesting. Also The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.
What is your current role with the English Department?
I’m the Web Content/Social Media Coordinator for the summer. I conduct interviews for these spotlights with students, alumni, and faculty (so this is weird), and I also post a lot to Facebook and Twitter. I also write the occasional feature or news story for the website.
What do you love most about Ryerson?
There are lots of things I love. Students are given lots opportunities here; the emails that we get all the time (from Wendy Francis) really shouldn’t be taken lightly. In the first month of university, I read an email looking for interns for The Culture Trip Toronto, and I applied and go it! It was an incredible experience and it lead to my job here with Ryerson! SO READ THOSE EMAILS! I also love the campus; being in downtown Toronto, the size, and the ease of finding your way around. I’m from London, Ontario and driving through Western’s campus makes me nervous, both because of size and the absurd amount of people.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I want to go travel for a bit (assuming I’m not up to my eyeballs in debt); I went to Spain for 10 days and I was bitten by the dreaded travel bug. After that, I hope to go into Publishing/Editing. I’m most likely going to do the certificate program through The Chang School in the future. The goal is to be like Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, complete with marrying Ryan Reynolds.
Any tips for incoming students?
Do the readings on time, before your lecture or tutorial. Don’t let them pile up so by the time midterms/exams come, you have to read half a semester’s worth of “short” stories. Just get it done. Don’t procrastinate; you always say you won’t but it’s inevitable. Also join things and get involved. I didn’t and I really wish I did. This is really just a note to my future self to do all of these things.
Is writing your own Spotlight questions hard?
Third year student Shae talks about her current role working in the English department and offers tips for new students!