Welcome students! Whether you are new to the Faculty of Arts or returning for another year, you are undoubtedly experiencing a combination of excitement, nervousness and anticipation for the year ahead.
As you begin this academic term, remember that the sky is truly the limit when you consider the breadth of courses, extracurricular activities and experiential learning opportunities available to you. Whether you choose to contribute to community projects through our Community Service-Learning program, explore your career options through Arts Work Experience and the HUB Career Centre, immerse yourself in another culture through the University’s many study abroad opportunities or strut your intellectual stuff with a Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Researcher Award, you are about to embark on a journey like no other.
If I have one piece of advice for you as you begin this year, it is to keep yourself open to the many paths that will open up to you. The career you envision today may not resemble your true calling. In Arts, we don’t focus on narrow career paths that have the potential to become obsolete. Instead, we help you to cultivate the transferable skills that will prepare you for almost any career path you choose, and even for those jobs that don’t exist yet in our quickly-changing world.
If all these options seem overwhelming, never fear! Remember our Undergraduate Student Services Office is available to assist you with all types of inquiries. And don’t forget to keep informed of what’s happening in Arts through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and our website events listing. I also love to hear from students — both good and bad feedback — so please always feel free to email me with your thoughts or concerns.
I wish you the best as you embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life!
Dean of Arts
2016 State of the Faculty Address