What’s it like being a student in Arts and Humanities at Western? While my typical day doesn’t involve scaling down government buildings or taking tea with the Queen, each day there’s something different and fun. I think that’s when you know you’re in the right spot – when you’re excited to wake up and see what the day has to offer.
For myself, this is a usual Wednesday:
6:30: Wake up! I like to grab the bus early so that I have time to stop by the Spoke before class. Trust me, a cinnamon raisin bagel is the best way to start your day.
8:30: French class. One of the best things about being in Arts and Humanities is the small class sizes. My class only has 30 people! The professor knows all of our names. We usually start the class talking about what we did on the weekend or what’s been going on in our lives – in French, of course! We usually follow this with a grammar lesson or a look into French culture.
9:30: French lab. The language learning lab that Western uses is amazing – once a week for an hour, we use the lab to be fully immersed into French using radio stations, interviews, film trailers – anything! It’s nice getting a hands-on perspective.
10:30-12:30: Arts and Humanities Student Council (AHSC) office hours. Each member of the AHSC holds office hours – drop by and say hello! We’re here in our office (UC 112F) to answer any questions that students might have. The AHSC holds many events throughout the year, my favorite being the coffee houses. It’s a chance to relax with friends and enjoy some good music.
12:30: Lunch! Most buildings on campus have some sort of food available in them. It’s impossible to pick a favorite spot to eat, but nothing beats grabbing tacos in the Natural Sciences building.
1:30: Global Literature class. Once again, my class has only 40 people in it, so everyone has a connection with the professor. Today we talked about how films relate to their movie format, and why people usually like the book more. The professor brings up so many interesting points that it’s impossible to not leave the class without a new perspective on the book.
2:30: Narrative Theory class. The best thing about this class is how involved everyone is. Everyone throws out ideas and bounces them off each other. The class is a combination of lecture and discussion – it’s the best of both worlds!
3:30: LAMP Peer Mentor office hours. The LAMP program is one of the best things about Western: it pairs up first-year students with upper-year mentors to help students survive first year. They hold professor meet-and-greets, movie nights, and other awesome events throughout the year.
5:30: Study session at Weldon. Studying doesn’t seem bad at all when you’re with a bunch of your closest friends, eating nachos (seriously, they are amazing) and laughing.
After that, a short bus ride home completes the day! While each day might follow a pattern, there’s always something new. I wonder what will happen next Wednesday?