Michelle Taekema gravitated towards Huron University College’s promise that she could obtain, in her words, “a Western-type education, with smaller classes and a better relationship with professors.” Coupled with the allure of small class sizes was the array of exchange opportunities Huron offers. In fact, this past academic year saw Taekema attend Southampton University.
"It was amazing," she says. "Britain is a wonderful country; the perfect place to study English Literature and history. I was able to make the most of the wonderful opportunities this exchange gave me."
Now in her 4th and final year, Taekema has benefited immensely from Huron’s emphasis on faculty-student interaction. “The professors here in English are all fantastic. Each one has their own unique look on the subject but it’s always interesting. The course content is always fun and friendly and approachable,” she says. A valuable lesson Taekema quickly learned was to attend office hours regularly. “Professors are definitely willing help. They want to get involved with your progress.”
With plans of pursuing an MA in English, for the moment Taekema continues to enthusiastically take part in all the Huron community has to offer. A member of Huron’s intramural soccer team, she avidly attends events put on by the Huron Underground Dramatic Society. It is this consistent sense of familiarity that is so appealing to Taekema. “I love the fact that Huron is small. You see familiar faces and can stop and just chat with friends and classmates.”
"Professors are definitely willing to help. They want to get involved in your progress."