Zoe Schacter-Beiles

Toronto, Ontario
Foundation Year Program (Journalism)
2021 Scholar

“I had no expectation when I applied, I just thought it would be good experience to write an application like that. It’s making me recognize that I’ve accomplished things.”

What attracted you to King’s?

My brother had considered King’s and we had their brochures. I woke up one morning and my mother said, “This is the perfect school for you.” I grew up in a family that’s interested in philosophy. There were philosophy books everywhere and we had all these conversations at the dinner table. When I saw that the King’s Foundation Year Program was going to explore all these things, that I’d be reading Dante and Saint Augustine, and that King’s was going to be a place where people want to talk about these things, I knew it was right for me. My mom knows me well.

What does receiving the Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarship mean to you?

It was so exciting to find out that I’d received it. I had no expectation when I applied, I just thought it would be good experience to write an application like that. It’s making me recognize that I’ve accomplished things. I’m always striving to accomplish things and having someone say ‘hey, you actually have,’ is really satisfying.

You change and grow so quickly at university. What are you noticing about yourself?

I feel like I’m changing in the opposite way from what often happens at university. I’m becoming less serious than I was. I’m really expressing myself. Being here is not all about the intense topics we study. I’m acting in a play with the King’s Theatrical Society.

What book have you read in FYP that’s really stood out for you?

It’s usually the last thing I’ve read that makes the strongest impression. But William Ockham’s Quodlibetal Questions is standing out. He was one of the greatest thinkers of the Middle Ages. He poses a thesis and then an antithesis. He looks at contradictions and creates whole new ideas. And that’s King’s—meeting people with contradictory ideas and you make whole new ideas through your interactions.