Eva Smedeby

Growing up in Toronto, Amy is returning to Canada this upcoming year. They will be studying at Brock University as a Dramatic arts major.

Amy Shaw: CANADA

Amy Shaw is a well versed traveler. Born in Canada, Amy attended school in Toronto up until the second grade. From there they moved to Juneau, Alaska for two years, then back to Toronto for one before settling in California during the 6th grade—where they have resided until now as a senior.

Although they seemed to have made a permanent residence in the U.S., intentions of returning to their roots have always been a prominent idea. 

“My family is here for work, so it’s always sort of been temporary,” said Shaw. 

When applying for universities, Shaw kept their options solely within Canada. This list included Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, Brock University, Ryerson University, and University of Ottawa. 

It’s just kind of weird, a lot of people here will be going to similar schools around the states but I’m not going to school with anybody… It’s kind of surreal.

— Amy Shaw

Between the five schools, Brock University was the first to reply. Deeper research on the university quickly followed, which brought to light its newly renovated theater and incredible facilities for the arts department. As a Dramatic Arts major with plans to pursue the tech side of theater for lighting design, Shaw’s decision was quickly set. 

“The other schools that I applied to were in bigger cities and I just didn’t think that that was the right place for me right off the bat.”

As a Canadian citizen, the move will allot Shaw freedom not typically allowed under their current visa. It will also bring them closer to their Canadian family members and friends, who are close to Brock and makes for an easier transition out of the states.

“It’s just kind of weird, a lot of people here will be going to similar schools around the states but I’m not going to school with anybody… It’s kind of surreal.”


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