Riel Tetreault

Pemberton, British Columbia
Bachelor of Science
Class of 2020

“I was having trouble deciding whether I wanted to pursue Arts or Sciences, let alone what subject. By taking FYP Science, I was able to do a bit of everything, and test what was the best fit for me.”

Why did you choose King’s?

From academics to community to location, there were several reasons I chose King’s. Coming out of high school, I was having trouble deciding whether I wanted to pursue Arts or Sciences, let alone what subject. By taking FYP Science, I was able to do a bit of everything, and test what was the best fit for me. Additionally, coming from a small town, I knew I would need support from a community like the one at King’s. Halifax is also a great city, in that is not overwhelming, and provides a balance between small town charm exciting opportunities.

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

Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals has definitely the book that has had the biggest impact on me. Since reading it in FYP, I have become hooked on Nietzsche. I found that it has provided me with new and exciting ways of understanding the world and myself. Reading Nietzsche in first year has set me off on a journey of understanding how his ideas apply to my life, and how I can use them.

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

My roommate and I had a week long adrenaline high after reading Nietzsche in FYP. Our exhilaration with his ideas started to die down, and we felt hollow rejecting all the of the tradition we had learned. It was a Tuesday night when this was happening, and so the school was shut down with no one to talk to – or at least, there would be no one if this was any other school. Here at King’s the Dons that live in residence aren’t just great emotional supports, but they are also a part of the academic community. We knocked on our Don’s door, and with more and more people gathering around us as we sat on the hallway floor late Tuesday night, he gave an impromptu lecture on the Western tradition’s response to Nietzsche. Both Nietzsche’s ideas and my Don’s response to them has pushed me to dig deeper in questioning and truly understanding my beliefs.