As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m on the eve of re-entry into the world of academe (as a student). My short-list has been shortened and shaken around a bit. What’s surfaced is the Masters Program from the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS) at the University of Guelph.
It cannot be discounted that pursuing a degree from the University of Guelph in many ways is convenient for me. As a resident of Guelph, and an employee of the University, the logistical aspects of participating in this program are highly attractive. It’s actually for these reasons that I had discounted pursuing further studies at Guelph. It seemed “too easy”, and the voices in my head were telling me to take a more challenging path.
I have many ties to the University, being an alumni, a volunteer and staff member. I am familiar with many of its programs, faculty and staff. I’m repeatedly impressed with the caliber of scholarship and teaching that comes from Guelph. It’s a comprehensive, world-class institution, dedicated to excellence in education.
From the SETS website:
The School of English and Theatre Studies provides life-changing experiences for all our students, offering a top-notch, student-centered education and the opportunity to combine the academic with the social through school events, guest lectures, and student societies. Students work with high profile creative writers, directors, playwrights, and scholars recognized for the quality and dedication of their teaching.
SETS has a number of amazing projects on the go; Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare, TransCanada Institute, and two that I’m really looking forward to getting involved in,
Media Education Project, a “digital learning commons providing materials, resources and inspiration for media educators”.
Improvisation, Community and Social Practice, “defining a new field of interdisciplinary inquiry…fosters innovative partnerships with community-based organizations…highlights collaboration with arts presenters, educators, and policy makers…inventive flexibility…creative risk-taking…”
Why wouldn’t I want to study here?