Andrew Heath

GEG Department Website Bio

Andrew Heath

Since I was a kid, I have always loved maps. I have loved checking out places on my road atlases, learning about new cultures, and discovering a place’s history. While I was born in Ottawa, I spent my formative years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates being homeschooled until I graduated high school and returned to Canada. I knew in the back of my mind I wanted to do something related to geography as a career, so I decided to apply for the geography program at the University of Ottawa because of the opportunities for co-op with the federal government, the French immersion program, and the fact that I could live at home with my family and save a lot of money. I had also developed a love for all things GIS during my gap year after I graduated high school. I really started loving my program when I started second year and did the second-year field camp. I met many people of several different years there, some of whom I am still friends with today. En plus, j’ai décidé d’ajouter un mineur en français langue seconde de continuer d’apprendre le français sans la pression du programme de l’immersion française. After second year, I focused my energy more on GIS and human geography. With the struggles of getting the classes I want because of the work and study term sequence in coop, I was lucky to get not only the classes I wanted but the fourth-year field course too! The GEG4920 field course in Montreal was the first time I had been there since before I moved overseas. I also loved the four co-op placements I had, mostly involving GIS, at Statistics Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and the International Joint Commission. In fact, I was able to get a casual position starting at the end of January 2020 with the same team I did coop with which has recently been bridged into a term position until the end of March 2021. All in all, I am thankful I chose to study geography at the University of Ottawa and I would highly recommend this program and department!

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