Julia

Julia Lei

Julia Lei

Fourth Year
Honors Specialization in Philosophy
Windsor, Ontario

Arts and Humanities Students’ Council, Chess Club

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

I came to Western as a kinesiology major hoping to go into physical therapy or medical school someday. In second year, I had some elective space and took a few philosophy classes. To the dismay of my parents, I fell in love and then decided to switch into the honors specialization module in philosophy.

[Switching into philosophy] was probably the most difficult decision I've made as an undergraduate. I have no regrets.

What is one highlight of your Arts and Humanities experience so far?

I think learning how to carefully analyze texts, and then crafting an argument in response to them has been one of most wonderful experiences. It can be quite overwhelming at times, especially at the beginning. But, with some persistence, and help from your professors, you improve. And that process—reading, understanding, writing, rewriting—is as rewarding as it is challenging.

What are your plans after graduation?

An MA/PhD in Philosophy, maybe a JD

What advice would you give to incoming Arts and Humanities students?

Do go to class and participate. Don't avoid all forms of exercise. Do go to office hours and ask questions. Don't procrastinate all the time. Do eat your vegetables and the readings (do, but don't eat the latter).

You really get the sense that the people around you want you to succeed.

What is the best thing about your program/department?

The learning environment created by your professors and peers; it’s engaging, supportive, challenging, and often quite amusing. Thanks to the support of Dr. Barker, Dr. Hill, Dr. Stainton, and Dr. Sullivan, I've had the opportunity to present at philosophy conferences, study at a philosophy summer institute, and publish a paper in an undergraduate philosophy journal. These were awesome experiences that have encouraged me to continue studying philosophy.

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