Michael Kishchuk

Whitehorse, Yukon
Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences
Class of 2021

“I’d always thought of myself as a science person, but towards the end of high school I found myself fascinated by the humanities. Foundation Year Science, which allowed me to take a math course and a science course while also diving headfirst into the humanities, was a very attractive proposition.”

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

Receiving the Donald R. Sobey Scholarship is a huge honor. It’s partly a recognition of past achievements, but it’s also an anticipation of greater achievements, and of more service to my community. It’s been a motivating force.

Why did you choose King’s?

Foundation Year Program drew me to King’s. I’d always thought of myself as a science person, but towards the end of high school I found myself fascinated by the humanities. Foundation Year Science, which allowed me to take a math course and a science course while also diving headfirst into the humanities, was a very attractive proposition.

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

One of my favourite memories of first-year is the way that laughter echoes in Prince Hall.

Why do you think it’s important to study the humanities?

I have found that studying the humanities requires a great dexterity of thought, and a comfort with ambiguity. There is no “answer in the back of the book” the way there is in math or science learning, and this was something that I grappled with last year in FYP. Even though I handed in my essays, I have by no means completed my thinking about what they dealt with, and honestly I’ll be contemplating some of those texts for the rest of my life. This dexterity of thought also enables greater receptivity to others, and to their ideas, and I think this is extremely important both at the individual and societal level.

How has King’s changed you as a person?

King’s has exacerbated my love of bad puns.