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Open House Information Night: A Letter to Prospective Students from King's Professors

Mar 03, 2020

In just a couple of days the King's Experience Info Night will be taking place on campus.  I decided to ask some of our professors about what prospective students should know and what their experiences at King’s are like to give you an idea about our institution and prepare you for this exciting event.

What do you want students to know prior to attending The King’s Experience? Why should they attend? 
“It’s a good opportunity for students to get a sense of what King’s is like and what options it offers. We are eager to talk to students, even if they still need to complete their bachelor's degree before the after-degree.”
-Lloyd Den Boer, Dean of the Faculty of Education

“Be within our walls, experience who we are, and what we do.  I encourage them to come and experience it with us and come open-minded.”
-Melanie Turgeon, Associate Professor, Music

“At King’s we have a lot to offer, are distinctive, and are accredited the same as other institutions.  We try our hardest to help students learn more about their world in a variety of disciplines.  We also want students to pursue more than just a paycheck job. One that is a calling or home where they can both serve with their gifts and talents, but also receive all the wonderful things God has placed in this world for us”.
-Andrew Tappenden, Associate Professor, Computing Science

“We offer something different here.  Our faculty are at the information sessions and want you to ask questions and talk with them.  Feel free to ask your questions!  These opportunities give you a real feel of what’s special about King’s, which is community and the people.”
-Rebecca Warren, Sessional Instructor, English

What is the biggest highlight of your program at King’s?
“In the last three years we have almost doubled the number of students in the Education program. For me, as an administrator of the program, my highlight is that I need two of everything now!”
-Lloyd Den Boer, Dean of the Faculty of Education

“The small class sizes, and the amount of attention you will get from your professors.  We really want you to succeed and have access to do so.  In the English department we have a large range of interest, from medieval period to film to Shakespeare and offer special topic courses based on student demand. ”
-Rebecca Warren, Sessional Instructor, English

What is your favorite thing about King’s?
“Just one?! Sense of community is really big, and is probably true across King’s as a whole. It is especially true in the education program because it is a cohort program.”
-Lloyd Den Boer, Dean of the Faculty of Education

 “I think the fact that I know my students well and feel comfortable with them.  We are very supportive of each other, whether that is a faculty to student perspective or at a higher level where you are able to go talk to the president or go be close with your colleagues.  I never feel alone here.”
-Melanie Turgeon, Associate Professor, Music

 “My favorite thing, as a professor, is seeing students when they get something, they crack the egg so to speak.  I get really excited watching the lights turn on for students, and knowing that I facilitated that and helped them unlock some of their potential. It is priceless.”
-Andrew Tappenden, Associate Professor, Computing Science

If you could tell one thing to a prospective student, what would you tell them?
“Come and try King’s, be open-minded and allow yourself to be embraced by the community, because you will be.  The level of education here is also very high and I think they will find what they’re looking for”.
-Melanie Turgeon, Associate Professor, Music

 “King’s is incredible, special, unique, and they should come.  But, I know this is not the only place they could go, so I’d encourage them to look and find what’s right for them.”
-Andrew Tappenden, Associate Professor, Computing Science

 “It is okay not to know what you want to do.  That is the great thing about a liberal arts education, you can change your mind.”
-Rebecca Warren, Sessional Instructor, English

Do you have any tips for students looking into post-secondary institutions?
“University can be so much more than attending your classes, studying and getting the degree you want.  I really encourage them to not be worried about the name of an institution, but rather go where they feel where they feel they will be supported through their education”.
-Melanie Turgeon, Associate Professor, Music

 “Go and avail yourself of open houses and information sessions.  Go and see what the vibe is, feel the pulse.”
-Andrew Tappenden, Associate Professor, Computing Science

 “This is a really short period of time and it goes so fast.  You should get as many experiences as you can throughout your journey, take advantage of them”.
-Rebecca Warren, Sessional Instructor, English

Can’t wait to see you all at the information night! If you have any questions about King’s don’t hesitate to contact Admissions, we’re happy to help.

See you on campus soon!
Mckena

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