Update from Andria BianchiPosted: September 18, 2014
Shortly after completing the Laurier Philosophy MA program I obtained a full time position at the Royal Bank of Canada’s head office in Toronto. My initial position was dedicated to working on contracts, however after one year I bumped up to a project manager role. This role was incredibly fulfilling, as I learned a vast amount of information about the business world (something which I initially knew nothing about!), worked with intelligent individuals who were able to succeed in the competitive financial industry, and developed strong networking and presentation skills.
Although this was a positive experience, I thoroughly missed the world of academia. I considered doing various things, such as attending law school or completing an MBA, but I could not seem to escape the idea of pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. That being said, I have recently commenced my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Waterloo (just down the street!). I am having a phenomenal experience so far. The program structure is fantastic, my colleagues are friendly, and the faculty is welcoming and supportive. I am currently interested in exploring topics of bioethics such as personhood/personal identity (especially regarding individuals with mental illnesses), decision-making capacities (re: medical treatments and end-of-life care), and autonomy.
I will always value my MA experience at Laurier. The classes were amazing, my colleagues were supportive, and the department has a diverse faculty who are leaders in various fields of philosophical inquiry. All of these things contributed to my persistent desire to continue exploring philosophy as a doctoral student. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a positive learning experience in Philosophy at the Master’s level. Thank you Laurier!