#viewsfromagryph: Dara

DaraName: Dara Poizner

Program: Master of Arts, English; Bachelor of Arts, English

Class: 2019

Hometown: Toronto

What attracted you to the University of Guelph?

I chose U of G because it has a great reputation as an inclusive and welcoming community. I came on a campus tour and felt at home right away. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a tour guide myself, which I started doing in my third year.

What attracted you to your program at U of G?

I did my undergrad in English at U of G. I took great courses and worked with many incredible professors, so I decided to stay for another degree!

What is something COOL that you’ve learned from your program/studies so far?

In my undergrad, I got to read literature by Indigenous writers, which I had never been exposed to before. It became a big part of what I want to study in my Master’s.

What has been (or is) your favorite course in your program?

I can narrow it down to two classes: my third-year Modern U. S. Literature course, which had us reading a variety of texts from different cultural groups, and my fourth-year Creative Writing seminar.

What are you most excited about this year?

I’m excited to start work on my thesis, and to stay involved at school.

What are your (current) post-graduate plans, or goals?

I hope to write for TV someday!

Best piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself in Grade 12.

Keep an open mind about what your university experience can be! Looking back, I’m surprised to see where I ended up (with my studies and campus involvement), but I’m happy about it.

#FunFact About Yourself.

About a year ago, I had an essay published in the Canadian Jewish News as part of a young writer’s contest.

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