For 3rd year MOS & Psychology student Jacob Young, Huron University College stood out for one main reason: community. After attending the March Break Open House and a Huron recruitment talk at his high school in Toronto, Young was impressed by the student-professor ratio. “I really needed to feel like the teachers cared about my progress and that I was doing well as a student. The thought of being in a class of 1000 students, was overwhelming.” He goes on to say that, “Being at Huron, the teachers really have a personal interaction with you. That’s why I picked Huron.”
For Young, the Huron student body is conducive to a sense of belonging and ensures smooth transitions from high school to university. He observes that “by extension the small numbers create a community. In residence we don’t have that many people. We’re all friends and it’s just the best.” Alongside this positive experience in residence is a stimulating academic environment. Enrolled in the Human Resources stream of MOS, Young finds that this program’s focus caters directly to his dual interest in psychology and business. “In the MOS program I get to work with finance, but I also work with people. Being able to combine the two was exactly what I wanted. I’m getting ready for my future.”
As a 1st year representative on Huron University College Student Council (HUCSC), Young has found an outlet to gain additional perspective on the details of student government. In addition to expressing issues put forth by his peers, Young sits on several committees that address behind-the-scenes governance issues that affect Huron students, such as constitutional reviews and this year became the Fundraising Chair at Western for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation's newest venture: dance to conquer cancer.
With plans to take advantage of international internship opportunities in Australia, it is the Huron community that has coloured Young’s university experience. For students unsure about what school offers the best fit, Young offers this advice. “Come to Huron, take a look around. Then go to any other university and ask if you’re going to be noticed.” He comments further “You’re not just a number, you’re a student here. You’re here to learn, and you’re here to succeed. People really care about you here.”
"People really care about you here."