After hearing about Huron through a friend, Kristina Waclawik was interested. Originally from a small town near Ottawa, the small class sizes “seemed like such an advantage when it seems like everywhere else you hear about hundreds of people sitting in huge lecture halls,” she says. “Getting the chance to actually get to know your professors was a really big seller for me.”
When she arrived in London for the start of Orientation Week, she found a welcoming, warm community of Sophs and fellow first years. “It was really easy to make friends,” she says. “I had a great roommate and living in residence made the transition really easy.”
Now in her 3rd year pursuing and Honors Specialization in Psychology, Kristina has found that Huron provides an engaged, supportive learning experience. “In 1st year Introductory Psychology I got to know all the Psychology professors in the department and really figured out that this was the subject I really loved.” Kristina goes on to highlight that the emphasis on undergraduate teaching at Huron. “All the professors are so great,” she says. “They always want to help you; they’re really good people and really good at teaching.”
Alongside the supportive faculty are the abundant research opportunities available to Psychology students. “One of the really big advantages that Huron offers is you get research experience. A lot of bigger schools can’t offer that because if there’s hundreds of students in a class the professor can’t help students formulate their own research idea and carry-out their study, but at Huron that’s something that’s emphasized.”
The community outside of the classroom has been equally rewarding. An executive on the Huron Psychology Association (HPA), Kristina has found her role on this club extremely rewarding and provides a fun outlet for students with shared interests to connect outside of the classroom. The HPA is a discipline-specific club that hosts socials, movie nights, meet-the-professor events and help sessions for 1st years for lab projects and studying, providing a sense of community for Psychology students from the moment they arrive at Huron.