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Undated handout photo of Rhodes Scholar student Suzanne Newing. (Handout)
Undated handout photo of Rhodes Scholar student Suzanne Newing. (Handout)

Meet Canada’s 11 new Rhodes Scholars Add to ...

The Globe asked the newest Rhodes Scholars three questions about the scholarship and education in Canada.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Dylan Collins – University of Victoria

Hailing from Haida Gwaii, Mr. Collins became an advocate for harm-reduction strategies for people who engage in high-risk activities, such as drug use and sex work, after his experience working in Kenya with the Foundation for Sustainable Development.  A student in biochemistry, he went on to work with the BC Centre for Disease Control and is currently a board member with AIDS Vancouver Island. He will study public health at Oxford, with an aim to making access to health-care more equitable. Mr. Collins is also a recreational cyclist, tennis player, and enjoys bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance."

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How does one win the Rhodes?

First and foremost, one wins the Rhodes Scholarship by staying true to oneself. I’ve had a vision, from a young age, of how I want to contribute to, and engage with, my community. I’ve always had an inherent drive to improve the world we live in. I cannot underestimate the value of mentorship and support systems. I’ve had the privilege of having unconditional support from my family, no matter my interests. Further, as a Loran Scholar, I’ve been part of a community that helped me critically reflect on my goals, my leadership ability, and my character. This combination of support, vision, and critical reflection has helped me achieve my goals, and ultimately played an integral role in earning the Rhodes Scholarship.

What is the one change you’d like to see in the education system so that students can reach their potential?

We must transform our educational institutions such that they create a culture that fosters the development of interpersonal skills, values creativity, and supports a spectrum of learning styles. By supporting students to pursue what they’re most passionate about, and training them how to work collaboratively, we can create an environment that prepares students to solve problems. It is at this intersection of passion, knowledge, and communication that innovation occurs.

What are you most looking forward to about your time at Oxford?

I am most looking forward to being a part of the incredibly diverse community at the University of Oxford. I specifically look to this community to challenge my views of the world, to provide a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and to catalyze my continual pursuit to transform my scholarship into social change.

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THE PRAIRIES

Aravind Ganesh – University of Calgary

Mr. Ganesh came to Canada from India in 2005. By 2007, he was one of the top 10 graduating high school students in Alberta. From there, he studied biological sciences, medicine and neurology at the University of Calgary, and now plans to study public health at Oxford, researching strategies to improve care for those who have suffered strokes and, ultimately, preventing them altogether. But Mr. Ganesh has a lighter side: He also performs as a stand-up comic and enjoys cartooning.

How does one win the Rhodes?

With innovation, leadership, persistence and confidence.

What is the one change you’d like to see in the education system so that students can reach their potential?

Direct integration of technology into the classroom to deliver information in a more visual and interactive format, so that students learn through their repeated interactions with the tool. I’m trying to incorporate such a transformation into medical education using a smartphone-based app, SnapDx.

What are you most looking forward to about your time at Oxford?

I’m looking forward to forming strong bonds within not only the Rhodes and Oxford scholarly communities, but also within the U.K.’s National Health Service, which has a unique set of strengths and challenges that Canada can learn from.

 

Jonathan Pedde Dartmouth College (United States)

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