Rikki Nicole Bergen

Graduated 2019

Double Major in Linguistics and the School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities

Hometown: Brandon, MB

After SASAH: Long-Term Addictions Treatment in Winnipeg

What attracted you to the SASAH Program?

SASAH made me feel like I wasn’t just a number in my program. 

What are your thoughts about life as a SASAH student? What makes it unique?

I loved that we had opportunities to bring our own interests into our lessons. I also thrive in a bit of chaos.

How did your relationships with other SASAH students positively affect your experience at Western overall?

Very much! Not everyone will get along, but I still speak to many former SASAH peers daily! I am so blessed to have them in my life and to watch the exciting things they are doing!

How has SASAH prepared you for the job market and/or graduate school?

SASAH taught me to take everything as a learning opportunity and to always look at things with an intersectional lens.

As an experienced graduate, do you have any advice for current SASAH students?

Go with the chaos and turn it into a program that works for you. It doesn’t have to be exactly what you expected for it to be valuable.