New College student Katherine Bruck LockhartKatherine Bruce-Lockhart (’12) is a 4th year African Studies and History student at the University of Toronto.

Katherine has written articles for the Toronto Star, CTV News Online and Women & Environments International Magazine, while maintaining leadership roles in the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Hart House Social Justice Committee and the Humanity for Humanities program.

Having entered the University of Toronto with a Bank of Montreal National Scholarship, Ms. Bruce-Lockart has also received the Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowship for 2011-2012, an Albert E. Rabjohns Scholarship, and was a finalist for both the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford and the Gates Scholarship at Cambridge. This year she was awarded the highly prestigious John H. Moss Scholarship.

Throughout her time at the University, Katherine has acted as editor of two U of T undergraduate journals, The Future of History and the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Students’ Union Journal. She has also found time to work as a mentor for the Vic One-On-One program and is the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board for the Mighty Pen. She is also an accomplished athlete, having played on the Varsity Blues Women’s Soccer team and achieved high standing in several marathons.

Next year, Katherine will be pursuing a MSc in African Studies at Oxford University, where she has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship.

 

Describe yourself in 50 words or less

I am an engaged, curious individual who is always eager to explore new challenges. I seek out meaning and inspiration in every endeavor I do.  My life is grounded by a commitment to learning, a desire to have a positive impact on others, and the cultivation of community.

 What do you most value about your undergraduate experience?

Studying at the University of Toronto has opened me up to ideas and perspectives that have deeply changed how I engage with the world around me. As the Brazilian educational theorist Paulo Freire writes, “Education…becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

U of T has allowed me to exactly that: to connect what I am most passionate about in the classroom to some of the most compelling challenges of our time.

How has your academic and social experience at the University/College prepared you for life and your career?

As someone who is passionate about learning and aspires to be an academic, U of T was the perfect place to anchor my undergraduate education. With professors of the highest calibre and a dynamic student body, I have been challenged to expand my critical thinking capacity, hone my research skills, and develop my own voice as a scholar.

Outside of the classroom, U of T has provided me with a myriad of opportunities to develop as a leader, whether through student organizations, research opportunities, international experiences or volunteer programs.

U of T has not only prepared me for life after undergrad, it has also shaped the contours of the life I hope to lead by helping me to discover my passions and develop the skills to pursue them.

Have you any plans after graduation?

In May, I will be attending the G8 and NATO Summits as a member of the G8 Research Group at the Munk School. For the rest of the summer, I will be doing an internship through the University of Toronto at the Namibian Women’s’ Health Network in Windhoek, Namibia, generously supported by New College. In the fall, I will begin a Master’s Degree in African Studies at the University of Oxford. Afterwards, I hope to pursue of PhD. in African History.

Where do you see yourself 50 years from now?

Ultimately, I hope to unite my passions for African Studies and History with my deep commitment to education, through a career as a professor. I aspire to be involved in “public history:” scholarship that creates a dialogue between the past and the present in order to illuminate salient aspects of our contemporary collective experience.

With any luck, I will have also completed my goal of running in the Boston Marathon!