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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 ...

I'm most excited for the collaborative learning environment that Oxford provides. I am interested in genetic disease and the ethical dilemmas surrounding their research, and I’m eager to benefit from the hub of different perspectives and ideas at Oxford – with regards to my field of interest, as well as others. I love to travel (and eat), so I'm also really looking forward to experiencing life on the other side of the Atlantic.

 

Kylie de Chastelain – Mount Allison University

Ms. de Chastelain spent a month this past summer at a field school in the Northwest Territories, living with Dene elders, deepening a keen interest in aboriginal and First Nations issues kindled by a second-year course on native peoples in Canada. She intends to carry that focus into studies in politics and governance at Oxford, and to launch a career in public policy. Outside the classroom, she can often be found Highland dancing or singing.

How does one win the Rhodes?

I think you win a Rhodes scholarship by being engaged, hard-working, and passionate. But winning a Rhodes scholarship really takes a village: professors, teachers, families, friends and students all contribute significantly to the process.

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

I think the education system should engage all students – diversity in programming is key, but so are active, inspiring educators. Every student should have a chance to get really excited about what they’re working on, and that requires a broad range of in-class and extra-curricular opportunities and people who will encourage them.

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

I am really looking forward to living and studying in such a diverse international setting. Oxford has so much to offer and I’m so excited to be a part of it.

 

Anthony Payne – Memorial University

Statistics and music are Mr. Payne’s key interests, but rather than choosing to make one academic and the other extracurricular, he’s earning a bachelor’s degree in each. He is accomplished in piano and voice, and has been co-president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Student Music Society. At the same time, he has done research into statistical genetics, probing how genes and environment contribute to obesity in Newfoundland. He will study statistics and medicine at Oxford, and enjoys squash, softball, bowling and aviation.

How does one win the Rhodes?

I do not believe that there is a set way to win the Rhodes, as is exemplified by the diversity between scholars-elect each year. Rhodes Scholars come from all wakes of life and all disciplines. The qualities that are common among all winners, however, are hard-work, dedication, and the passion to make a difference in the world. The tools and values required to win the Rhodes come from an entire life of decisions, beliefs, work ethic, and diversity. It is not something you prepare for weeks or months in advance; it is something you prepare for over years without even realizing it.

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

An important change I think would help all students reach their potential would be to put more focus on trying diverse things. Although being set on one career choice or one program often appears to be ideal, to the point, and organized, it creates the possibility of missing the one thing that you want to do, and instead doing the one thing that you think you want to do.

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

I am most looking forward to experiencing the incredible diversity and culture Oxford offers. Oxford provides incredible programs and an unmatched academic setting which I cannot wait to delve into. I am excited to dig into study at a world-renowned university, explore a new part of the world, and meet interesting and diverse people that I hope to form lifelong relationships with.

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