Amy Szybalski

Program: HBSc, BEd Anthropology
Year: 3rd

What do you like best about science at Lakehead?

From the beginning of my education, I've been getting experience in the lab. The hands-on experience I've received in DNA analysis, archaeology and microscopic analysis is a valuable compliment to in-class instruction and is a great way to determine what research you'd like to pursue in the future. I'm not sure if I'd have these opportunities at another school.

Why did you select your program?

I've always wanted to be a science teacher. I was attracted to anthropology because it offers a blend of science and history and is devoid of math, which I dislike. In the program, I really got to branch out and experience different parts of the anthropological discipline from both biological and cultural areas. Simultaneously, I was able to pursue courses in chemistry, biology, and education in preparation for my future career.

What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

I have been a writer for the Argus Student Newspaper for three years, I am involved in Scouts Canada as a leader and a rover, and I play the piano and go camping in my spare time. I also work for the City of Thunder Bay as a children's recreation worker during the school year and for Chippewa Summer Camps during the summer months.

What are your career aspirations?

I want to be an educator; however, there is currently a huge overload of unemployed teachers. I have started to look for different ways that I can use my anthropology and education degrees outside the education system. I've recently been looking into getting a Masters degree in education, anthropology or museum studies. Ideally I would like to work as a program director for children and youth studies at an institution like the Museum of Civilization, the Science Centre, or Science North.