A steady flow of Grade 12s enter the Greenwood Theatre during Community Time. At the front, guest speakers from postsecondary institutions, external organizations and alumni sit to engage in conversations and discussion about postsecondary life. On May 4, Shai Kohen hosted a panel of speakers on the topic of belonging and inclusion at postsecondary campuses, and on May 15, students heard from recent Greenwood alumni about their postsecondary transitions.
Reid MacFarlane ‘17 was a guest on the belonging and inclusion panel. He currently works as the Exhibitions Assistant at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “I am sincerely grateful that Greenwood prepared me so well for my postgraduate pursuits,” he says. “University immersed me within a student community of diverse values, identities and experiences, as well as posed entirely novel social contexts. There's no blueprint as to how to navigate this postgraduate transition, but to approach it with open-mindedness and kindness makes it much more rewarding. I think this panel's consensus was exactly that, and I hope it both gave students some idea of what lies ahead and made them excited about the social and personal potentials of these next years of their life.”
Earlier this week, our Grade 12s got to hear from Adam Agouri '21, Alexa Kay '22, David Pearson '22, Sam White '22 and Angela Yang '21 about their experiences adjusting to postsecondary life and studies. Many of the alumni encouraged students to make use of the resources available on campus and to branch out socially after Greenwood.
We hope that these panels give our students some reassurance and confidence as they navigate their paths after graduation.
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.