Olivia Piercey

Richmond, Ontario
Foundation Year Program (Journalism)
2021 Scholar

“I feel so lucky to be here. A lot of places, people may not be as passionate about what they’re studying. I feel like everyone is so happy to be here and you don’t get an environment like this very often.”

What attracted you to King’s?

I was really drawn to the Foundation Year Program (FYP). I’ve always wanted an excuse to read all those great books and I knew I would never be disciplined enough to read them for fun. After I went to the online seminars, I received King’s information package in the mail. It was so personalized… hand-written. It made me feel like King’s cares about its students and that’s proven to be the case.

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

Practically, it’s taken a huge weight off my shoulders. I don’t have to worry about getting a job and I can really commit to my studies and the program. And it’s such a motivation. I really didn’t think I would get it and it’s added to my motivation to do well. I have to live up to it!

How’s your King’s experience so far?

I feel so lucky to be here. A lot of places, people may not be as passionate about what they’re studying. I feel like everyone is so happy to be here and you don’t get an environment like this very often. It’s a small community within the city so it isn’t overwhelming… but you don’t feel limited in any way.

Has any particular book you’ve been reading at King’s stood out for you?

I’ve been reading excerpts from Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies. She was a medieval scholar and one of the earliest feminists. There was so much slander of women at the time and she fought back to prove that women were as capable as men. We’ll be reading Simone de Beauvoir next semester and I’m excited about that.