Nicholas PincombeSince I finished my double major in philosophy and SASAH in 2017, I have moved to Shenyang, a city in the Northeast part of China. I am working full-time as a private tutor and teacher. My employer is called Evergreen English Training Centre and my students' ages range from 3 to 13 years old. Next year, I will study Chinese at Liaoning University in order to become fluent. SASAH's curriculum emphasizes intercultural competence and global citizenship. These skills are serving me very well on my present journey. If anyone wants to work in China, message me at email@example.com. The Chinese market has a huge demand for enthusiastic English teachers!
Since having begun my 4th year at SASAH in 2016, I have developed an interest in performing arts. I auditioned for Theatre Western’s “Twelve Angry Men” and received a role as Juror #1 (The Foreman). I then performed in Western’s annual Purple Shorts Festival and subsequently proceeded to perform as Chorus in the Arts & Humanities Students’ Council’s “Antigone.” Most recently, I performed in The English Department’s “Macbeth” as the role of Macduff as well as Snakarell in a segment of Don Juan at the Music Faculty’s Mozart Symposium.
The passion I have discovered for the performing arts has lead me to produce and direct F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY adapted for the stage by Simon Levy at The Palace Theatre (London, ON) in April of 2018. My aim is to study Performing Arts Management at the Master’s level either at Queen’s University (Canada),McGill, La Scala (through Milan Polytechnic), Bocconi (Italy) or perhaps somewhere in France. I intend to expand upon my interest in law, which was solidified while studying U.S and international law at Heidelberg Universität (with some classes held at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), by pursuing a JD (possibly through York’s JD/MBA in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management). I feel that my interest in law as well as performing arts—and ‘the arts’ in general— will help position me to work in a managerial capacity for a nonprofit entity in years to come.
Apart from my interests in the arts and law, I have a passion for events planning and organizational studies. This passion was borne from having served on the UWO Senate as the Arts, Humanities & Music Student Senator and, through this capacity, as a member of the Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA). Further, I served as the VP of Events for the Western Chess & GO Club on multiple occasions where, in 2017, I spearheaded the Canadian University Chess Championships at UWO. To add: I acted as the VP of communications for the German Language Club and acted as both a clerk for the Pre-Law Society’s Mock trial and a judge for the North American Debate Championship (Ottawa). Perhaps most notably, I am the Founding Grand Master of Ceremonies (VP External) of the Kappa Sigma Xi-Nu Chapter where I, among other things (and with the aid of a number of Chair positions), facilitate the carrying-out of philanthropic events as well as many other initiatives related to fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service.
I am happy to have taken part in the (Honours BA) SASAH Program and for my time spent completing a major in philosophy. My choice to accept an offer in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities greatly influenced my life in a positive manner and my one hope is that I will have the opportunity to facilitate ‘the arts’ and offer opportunities for others to gain exposure to everything SASAH stands for.
Maryam GolafshaniSince graduating from SASAH with the gold medal, Maryam is now pursuing her MA at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism with a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Maryam’s passion and research lies at the crossroads of care: where the humanities and healthcare intersect. To this end, Maryam has presented a TEDx talk on "Why Medicine Needs Literature"; developed curricula for the American Medical Students' Association and Western University; conducted research at the University of St Andrews and Schulich School of Medicine; and completed intensive narrative medicine workshops at Columbia University. Maryam's current MA research reconsiders the value of literature in medical education through postcolonial theory and phenomenology - and she hopes to one day apply this research as a practicing physician and medical educator.