For Shining Graduate Kathleen Mah (BA '22), choosing to study at ULethbridge was an opportunity to find independence and herself.

I chose to study at ULethbridge because I knew it would give me the opportunity to become my own person. My family is from Calgary and moving here has allowed me to make my own life and find myself. The city is a great place to live and the University has been a dream come true for me. I feel like this place is my home.

Meet Kathleen | Driven. Ambitious. Feminist.‌‌Program: Bachelor of Arts | Major: Anthropology

Please tell us about your work-integrated learning experiences at ULethbridge?‌‌I am currently working on my honours thesis in anthropology. I am researching anti-mask groups in western Canada and integrating my data into critical public health. I hope to address issues of structural violence in my project.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?‌‌My most memorable experience was having my paper selected to be featured in a journal. I am a co-author of the paper, and it focuses on failures of care in universities.

What is the most important lesson you learned at ULethbridge?‌‌The most important lesson I have learned is that imposter syndrome is a very real thing, and everyone goes through it. I have learned that I may feel unworthy, but I have earned and worked towards everything I have, and more than this, I am not alone in my feelings, and they are valid.

Is there someone specific who has had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?‌‌Anthropology professor Dr. Steve Ferzacca, the supervisor of my honours thesis, has changed my life. He has taught me that I am capable and his belief in my ability to succeed keeps me going and driven. I could not be doing what I am or planning for the future like I am without him.

Is there anything you wish you knew in your first semester that you know now?‌‌I wish I knew that it is okay not to know how to be a university student right out of the gate. University is about learning and discovering who you are, and you don’t need to know that in your first year. Being away from home and responsible for yourself is hard. On top of that, it takes time to adjust to the workload of the University. However, no matter how long it is, this adjustment period does not mean you are a bad student or that university isn’t right for you. Stick with it, ride the wave, be kind to yourself, and have confidence in yourself whenever possible.

What advice would you give to those who are about to begin their ULethbridge journey?‌‌Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your profs and your peers. I have made some amazing connections by jumping in and starting the conversation.

Favourite class: Medical Anthropology and Anthropology of the Apocalypse

Favourite social activity at ULethbridge: Club life, Trolls Rugby and the Anthropology Club

Favourite place to study: Library floor 9

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