Growing up on campus
The University of Calgary represents a mix of family memories as well as my education earning two degrees. You see, my dad taught primatology for 30+ years in the anthropology department and I fondly remember spinning the Zipper in the Science Theatres from a very young age. I really grew to see the university as both a part of the Alberta community and also part of the world — W.O. Mitchell had a writing office in the same building as my dad and I had the honour of attending a special convocation when the university bestowed an honorary degree to Mikhail Gorbachev.
During my time as a student at the university, I was amazed at the variety of courses I could take (compared to the more locked-down high school curriculum). I chose English as my major, but took courses in Environmental Design, Archaeology, Geology, and everything in between. Humanities courses are where I honed my communication and critical thinking skills as well as my creativity. All three have served me extremely well in a career that covered both publishing and working in the tech sector.