What began as a history major at Western University became a theology-philosophy double major at Huron. For 4th year student Parker Cotton, the transfer to Huron involved some significant changes but in the end, the engaging, small classes and intimate atmosphere made this a move worth taking. “I noticed that all my classes at main campus were massive.” Cotton expands further, “I had a 1st year theology course here and I really liked it. I transferred to Huron in 2nd year because I really enjoyed the small setting and they only offer that program here.”
For Parker, the small classes cultivate discussions and debate among students. “There’s more group work or small group settings employed by teachers and just a lot more ways to interact, whereas in a large class you wouldn’t have that,” he says. On top of this ongoing interaction with course material and peers, professors are extremely approachable and willing to talk to students after lectures and outside of scheduled class times. “That was the highlight of Huron: the ability to talk to my professors, how they actually knew my name, and were willing to meet with me.”
Since coming to Huron, Parker has found that his academic pursuits in theology and philosophy not only complement each other, but have helped him to develop as a student. Citing a dramatic increase in his marks since 1st year, Parker attributes this improvement to a better use of his free time and a willingness to take advantage of the resources available to Huron students, like the college library and its ample study spaces. While initially planning on entering the ministry, his augmented academic performance led him to meet with his professors, who offered helpful counsel concerning preparation for graduate studies. “This helped me to focus on this goal and that’s now what I’m looking into and will hopefully achieve.”
Making the move to Huron certainly enabled this student to meet people easily, Parker still takes advantage of the impressive club system found at Western, maintaining a leadership role in Campus for Christ student group. It is this combination of getting involved and taking the time to get to know your professors that “will make your school experience what it is.”
Now ins his final year, Parker would like to pursue graduate work in philosophy or work with student ministries in Canada or Scotland. Either way, this Huron student still enjoys the friendly ambience you find at Huron. “I just like walking through the halls and saying hi to people.”
"I transferred to Huron because I really enjoyed the small setting."