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By Shannon Proudfoot
Anticipating hugs of congratulations and tears of pride, Western's newest crop of alumni have high hopes for the future.
The Gazette spoke with several students concerning their prospective endeavors upon receiving their university degrees at next week's convocation ceremonies.
Alicia Sparks, who will graduate next Tuesday with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, said she hopes to travel and continue with her creative endeavors.
The 22-year-old said her immediate plan is to move to British Columbia upon legally changing her name to Aurora Borealis .
"I am going to weave myself a home out of hemp and gather a supportive community of fellow artists around me," she explained. "I want to escape the restrictions of our consumer society and sense the earth rhythms within myself."
Sparks also said she will give up the convention of bathing in favour of a daily dousing with patchouli oil.
Also partaking in Tuesday's ceremony is 34-year-old philosophy graduate Timothy Rabello. After taking nearly nine years to complete his undergraduate degree, Rabello has developed a less defined approach to his own life's pursuits.
"Really, what is a degree?" he queried. "Without the cultural stigma we attach to such a badge of achievement, a degree is worth no more than the paper it's printed on. Do we even know that paper actually exists?"
On Wednesday, Jeremy Sazaroo will receive his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. The 23-year-old graduate hopes to put his education to practical use.
"Oh, dude, I'm so hammered!" he declared. "Seriously, though, I'm going to design these fences, right? They'll be invisible from the highway, but they'll be able to hide anything that might be going on in a field that you don't want people to see. Stellar!"
As a graduating student in the largest faculty at Western, social science student Brittany Patterson feels her psychology degree will put her in good stead for a variety of future careers.
"Well, I could go to teacher's college, I guess, but I find kids kind of annoying," she explained. "I guess I could work at the Estee Lauder counter at The Bay because I heard you have to be able to understand what colour of lipstick will really make someone happy."