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Sarah McLay


What is one thing you want students to know about you? 

I want my students to know that I approach learning as an ongoing process and view making/risking mistakes as an inherent part of this process. In other words, learning doesn't consist of automatically knowing all the correct answers, but also in taking risks. When we take these risks, we might later realize we didn't get something quite right, but it's precisely through learning from our mistakes that insights emerge! 

What's your educational background?

I did my BA at Trent University (Philosophy) and my MA at Concordia University (Philosophy). I'm currently finishing up my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oregon, where I also work as an instructor and teaching assistant.

What are 4-5 personality traits you would use to describe yourself?

Hardworking, Empathetic, Contemplative, Creative, Clumsy. 

Name your favourite TV show, movie, and song:

Favourite TV show: Community

Favourite movie: The Two Towers

Favourite song: Funeral Singers - Califone 

What are some of your hobbies?

Photography, cycling, hiking, reading, & petting cats.

What was your favourite subject in high school?

English and Writer's Craft.

What is something you would tell your younger self in high school?

Trust yourself, be kind, and remember that it's okay to be vulnerable (don't be afraid to ask for help)! 

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