For 27-year-old Kimberley Moore, who graduates with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree, with a major in psychology and minors in neuroscience and mental health, winning the Governor-General’s Silver Medal and the Chancellor’s Medal is a source of great pride and achievement.
From Lethbridge, Alberta, where she began her studies before coming to Ottawa in 2010, Moore “floated a bit” before landing in the psychology program.
“I originally came to Carleton for the journalism program,” Moore explains. “But loosening my hold on journalism allowed me to explore other subjects and in psychology I found a merger of the arts and sciences that really appealed to me.
“To me, psychology and neuroscience represent the empirical study of what it means to be human. They are fields that employ both the inner scientist and the inner philosopher. Plus brains. So awesome, right?”
A Prairie farm girl at heart, Moore was delighted to feel so at home in Ottawa.
“My boyfriend and I live right next to the experimental farm, and I find it amazing that in the middle of one of Canada’s largest cities, we can walk our dogs through fields of wheat and corn. Take a picture in the farm, and you’ll have cows and high rises in the same shot. That’s wild to me.”
Ottawa’s cultural scene also appeals to Moore: “I can’t imagine a more stimulating or inspiring place to study. It’s also a national hub for all kinds of amazing research. There’s always some festival going on and there’s a society or social group for every interest imaginable.”
While Moore studies for her upcoming Medical Colleges Admissions Test, with a view to going into oncology, she reflects on the friends and memories she made during her years at Carleton.
“I anticipate one more highlight and that will be my graduation, when my family will come together to share in my achievements here at Carleton.”
About the psychology and neuroscience programs, she adds, “I have not had a single uninteresting class or lousy professor. Carleton has done an amazing job assembling some of the most caring and intelligent researchers and educators into these programs and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”