James MCCELLAND

James McClelland

One of the best decisions I have ever made was to take the Northern Field Studies course at the University of Ottawa. Our team collected sample data and toured Southwest Yukon and Alaska for three weeks, the highlight of which was spending nearly a week on a glacier's accumulation zone just 35 km away from Mount Logan. That course was a defining moment in my academic career, as it was no longer reading about the subject or discussing it in abstract terms, the instruction was practical and actualized before us while in the field.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa with Honours in English Literature and Minor in Geography. Immediately following the submission of my final papers for university, I set off in September 2011 for six months of volunteering on farms in the south of France, picking grapes and herding longhorn cattle. Returning in March 2012, I resumed my job at an outdoor adventure store in Ottawa and went on to work at a community center for underprivileged children in Ottawa's inner-city. In September 2012, I began another stage in my life, beginning my Master's degree in English (Public Texts) at Peterborough's Trent University. Apart from my academic studies, I have volunteered with various university committees interested in maintaining Trent's natural beauty and enhancing it for the upcoming 50th anniversary. My plans for summer 2013 are to complete my own research on 20th Century American Beat poets, and obtain my ESL certification to begin teaching in South America next year.

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