My experience here has been fantastic.
Having the opportunity to come in and be part of a community that was absolutely
new to me, but was also a side of academia that I’d never seen. Getting to
know my department, and the campus and Kingston is beautiful and has offered
all of the amazing things that I didn’t know that I wanted to know about. So part
of my program was to actually teach a course. I taught Women and Environmental
Injustice last semester for the Global Development Department. Everyone that
I’ve met and the experiences that I’ve had have surpassed what I thought I
would be experiencing, into the realm of where you kind of hope one day I want to
be in academia and it’s going to be like that, and that’s exactly what it’s been
like. I got the chance to focus on my schoolwork, but with the support of
people asking the questions and having the time to read and be here
and be a student, but also the time to be considered an academic. I would recommend
this program in the Indigenous Pre-Doctoral program to any indigenous
student that I know who’s in a PhD program. Because this is an opportunity
to have an experience that not many people will get. Partly for the financial
support which actually lends itself to understanding that Queen’s is offering you
personal support. They believe that you have the ability to finish. Which not
many people understand or think about. As an indigenous student success rates
aren’t always real great, those are the things you usually hear and Queen’s
doesn’t look at it that way and they have not seen it that way. I think one of
the things that I like the most about being at Queen’s is being in a place that
offers water, a sense of community that goes along because to me for whatever
reason those things go together. And a place that within minutes you can be
outside the city. It gives me the the best of all possible worlds.