Breanne Spady

Bedford, Nova Scotia
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
2015 Scholar

“Receiving this scholarship has given me the ability to pursue my career aspirations while being able to fill my life with activities that have helped me to grow enormously as a person.”

What has receiving the Donald R. Sobey Scholarship meant to you?

Receiving the Donald R Sobey scholarship has been an incredible blessing for me. It has allowed me to focus on my studies as well as volunteer in extra activities such as working with a youth group and being involved in different clubs on campus. Through these different activities I was able to meet some of my nearest and dearest friends. Receiving this scholarship has given me the ability to pursue my career aspirations while being able to fill my life with activities that have helped me to grow enormously as a person.

What book or text that you’ve read at King’s has made the biggest impression on you?

To choose one single book would be very difficult (I’ve read a lot of amazing books the last four years) but one that stands out is Beowulf. I took a course in which we examined Tolkien’s works and his medieval inspirations for his writing of the Lord of the Rings. Reading Beowulf sparked my love of all things nordic and medieval. That is a passion that will stick with me the rest of my life.

What is your single favourite memory of King’s so far?

My favourite memories at Kings is my time learning. My favourite course I took was Oriental and Orthodox Christianity taught by professor Gary Thorne. The first day of class he walked into the room and immediately took off his shoes. He had a long beard that was very Gandalf-like and I was immediately impressed by his intelligence and kindness. I remember having an existential crisis of faith during one of his classes. I met with him during his office hours and he talked with me about different aspects of faith and it was very comforting for me to have a professor who was so willing to take time for his students. He was also very understanding when I went through some seasonal depression that winter and made every effort to accommodate me to help me best learn. He also invited us to his house once as a class and other King’s students to listen to a religious speaker. His classes were my favourite memories I made at King’s and I will cherish them and other memories I have made here for a long time to come.