Catherine Evans

Sackville, New Brunswick
Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences
Class of 2018

“To be able to discuss thoughts on elements of change (or things that may need changing) in a level-headed manner is a gift that is hard to learn, but FYP’s excellent group of mentors ensure that students taking the program learn these skills, which is something that can be used in whatever path students choose to take.”

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

The Donald R. Sobey Scholarship has been an incredible opportunity to discover what I loved to study. I would not have found my passion in environmental and marine geology if not for the freedom that the scholarship gave me to explore what combination of science and history I wanted to pursue.

Why did you choose King’s?

King’s has a unique characteristic from many other universities in the Maritimes by having both a small, tightly knit community that provides the opportunity to expand beyond King’s campus into the larger population of Halifax and beyond. The combination of community sizes was part of what drew me to King’s, but more importantly it was the experience of the Foundation Year Program (FYP) that was the biggest part of my final decision in making King’s my university of choice. As someone who loves to figure out how the things around me – both physical and sociological – have developed into what we experience today, learning about how the history of thought has advanced through in-depth analysis of some of the great thinkers in Western culture is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

How has King’s changed you as a person?

One of the greatest gifts that King’s has given me is the ability to discuss and explore ideas with those around me. The awareness and level of activeness of the King’s community in both local and global issues is beyond what I have experienced in any other community I have been a part of. To be able to discuss thoughts on elements of change (or things that may need changing) in a level-headed manner is a gift that is hard to learn, but FYP’s excellent group of mentors ensure that students taking the program learn these skills, which is something that can be used in whatever path students choose to take. I believe that this gift, in which we must learn how to both listen and communicate complicated ideas in a clear manner is something that I would not have if not for taking FYP in my first year.