Becoming a Life-long Learner

Malcolm WattsThe Arts department was an experimental and exciting place in the early 1970's. Experiential Human Relations courses, my psychology courses, and the student run volunteer counseling program  in the campus centre, The Rap Room, set me on course to a highly satisfying and successful career in clinical Social Work.

Through a wide variety of Arts courses,  I learned about myself, the world, human History and literature, and social problems confronting mankind. At Waterloo I became a life-long learner, and an active participant in my community.

I am a poet and have written two novels. I have helped hundreds of troubled people. My wife and I have three wonderful adult children and my learning continues.

Currently I am doing 1800's Historical reenactment, historic walking tours, and volunteer at our local museum. I continue with creative writing and photography, and am learning to play the piano.

Malcolm's BookMy message is that University was never meant to be only job training. It is means for our species to collectively understand our past and culture, our values and purpose, and a means that we as  individuals, and all of us together, are making life better for all people.

The 60's dream quietly lives on as we continue to co-create a more sharing and just world. Our generation has developed technologies of Science and medicine unimagined in 1971. We continue to identify social problems, and seek wise decisions regarding complex global environmental, political and economic issues that defy simplistic solutions.

Our university can be justly proud of what its graduates have accomplished, and continue to accomplish. Tomorrows Waterloo graduates will achieve even more towards the solution of  these difficult issues.  Thank you Waterloo!

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