Getting to Know #Ubishops – Meet Dr. Heather Lawford

Getting to know your #Ubishops community is a must if you wish to fully immerse yourself into the BUbble! We decided to help you out by conducting monthly interviews with staff and faculty that contribute to the school’s success. This month we had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Heather Lawford, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Youth Development.

Dr. Heather Lawford

Favourite book of all-time?
Growing up I loved the Power of One by Bryce Courtney – also, anything by Cynthia Voigt!

Favourite group or singer?
How could anyone pick just one! I listen to a lot of pop music, a little bit of country, musicals… Lately I rediscovered the Indigo Girls.

Favourite movie of all-time?
Say Anything, Children of a Lesser God, The Devil wears Prada, and anything written by John Hughes (e.g., Planes, Trains, and Automobiles)

Favourite spot on campus?
I love standing on the lawn and looking at McGreer and Divinity. I also love the walk through the woods to the golf course.

Favourite spot off-campus?
Coaticook Gorge (obviously, this includes a trip to the ice cream store!)

Favourite #Ubishops moment?
Every time a student bursts into my office (or a class that I’m in the middle of teaching) to tell me that they got the job/scholarship/admittance to grad school that they were dreaming about and working towards. It is such an incredible honour to witness people making their dreams a reality. I’m so grateful when students share that with me.

Describe #Ubishops in three words.
Curiosity, collaboration, contribution

If you had to switch jobs with someone on campus, what would it be and why?
I think that I’d like our Research officer Julie Frédette’s job. She is involved with all of the cool student and faculty research on campus. I think working in the Alumni office and keeping in touch with students after they graduate would be really fun as well.

If you had to join a club or student group on campus, what would it be and why?
I hear there’s a club where you hang out and play games! Also the Best Buddies group on campus looks like they had a lot of fun.

If you had to go back to school, which program would you pick and why?
When I was an undergrad, I wanted to take philosophy but I didn’t think I was smart enough. I regret that now. I would probably do the Liberal Arts degree – how can you not want to take “Divine and the Ultimate Concern” or “Ecstasy and Excess”?

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