Meredith Porier, Knowledge Integration, Class of 2020

Meredith Porier Profile

What were the highlights of your degree?

There are so many highlights! One major highlight is when I traveled to Amsterdam with my cohort for our museum trip. It was ten days filled with fantastic museums, good food, and so much learning. Another highlight was the museum project I did in the third year of my undergrad. This project was so much work, but I also learned so much about myself, plus I got to work with some incredible people on this project and the bonds I formed with my group mates are so special to me. 

What will you miss about your time at UW?  

There are a lot of things I'll miss. I'll miss being able to see my friends daily. I'll miss hanging out and studying in the KI studio and catching up on my friend's lives in the ES Coffee shop. I will also miss the various leadership positions on campus. Being a part of the KI student society (KISS), and volunteering at the ES Coffee Shop were two of the most fun and rewarding opportunities I was able to be a part of during my undergrad. Just the casual conversations in the hallways and the constant opportunity to make new friends is so special about university. Plus I'll miss the cookies from the coffee shop!

What is your message to your classmates who you'll miss, and what do these friendships mean to you?

KI is a very small program, our cohort has 25 people in. Due to our small size over the past four years we were able to get to know one another and to bond. For this I am grateful.  

To my cohort; Amsterdam 3 (or Hamsterdam 3), my message to you is simple. All I want to say is thank you. I want to thank you all for being in my life and for making our cohort so special. Thank you for supporting me, for teaching me about things that you are passionate about, for listening to me, for crying with me, for laughing with me, and for being a friend. I cherish all the memories we've made together. I will never forget our adventures in Amsterdam, our KI Christmas (KIssmas) potlucks, our spcom speeches, our museum experiences, and all the time spent in the studio chatting.  

Congratulations to you all! Graduating university is no small feat and I'm so grateful to have had you all by my side through it all.  

Given that graduates, unfortunately couldn't celebrate in person due to COVID-19, how did you celebrate this accomplishment?

I am going to celebrate this accomplishment by joining in on virtual celebrations both at UW and at St. Jerome's University. I plan to share these virtual celebrations with my family and to eat a nice meal together.  

What spots on campus will you miss the most?

I'll miss the KI studio, the ES Coffee shop, St. Jerome's cafeteria, the ENV courtyard, and the rink at CIF. 

What's next for you? 

I am planning on working towards the Student Advising and Support certificate from George Brown College. After that, I'd love to work in a university setting working with student leaders or working within an academic advising setting!  

Congratulations Class of 2020