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Double Major in Political Science and English

Natalie Cross
Double Major in Political Science and English
The Liberal Arts help you contextualize all these challenges within our past, present and future, which reinforces how we look at the world and how able we will be to change it.

Hometown: Brantford 

By combining Political Science and English, Natalie not only gets to learn about practical issues that are currently affecting our society, but she also gets to engage with diverse forms of cultural and personal expressions that represent the more human side of political structures. “This type of education is so important if you want to be a leader in our increasingly globalized world,” she says. “The Liberal Arts help you contextualize all these challenges within our past, present and future, which reinforces how we look at the world and how able we will be to change it.”

Before Natalie even enrolled at Huron, she became familiar with the big differences living and learning within its community of care could make. Whether it’s the opportunity to learn directly from world-renowned professors – rather than teaching assistants – or the willingness of those same caring and brilliant people to roll up their sleeves to support student-run initiatives, “The people are here for you. They want you, as the human being – not the student number – to succeed and they will connect you with and provide the types of unique supports that uplift who you really are.” 

One of the highlights of Natalie’s Huron journey, so far, has been her engagement with the Huron Underground Dramatic Society (HUDS). During their 2019 season, supported by faculty advisor, Dr. Neil Brooks, HUDS put on Mamma Mia! and even had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in a masterclass with “Canada’s first lady of musical theatre” and Broadway performer, Louise Pitre. 

Natalie recalls looking out at the audience each night and seeing the smiling faces of her Huron President, VP and so many other members of her university’s leadership, staff and faculty teams.

“It’s really special knowing you are supported, not just by your peers and faculty, but also administration, who keeps up to date with what you’re doing, so they can celebrate your successes – within and outside of the classroom,” Natalie shares. “All of these people have been so crucial to my development, and I appreciate this level of involvement and interest in students’ journeys is what separates Huron from so many other universities.”

In addition to Huron’s support of Natalie’s successes through our “extremely strong theatre and club culture,” Natalie has also received significant support through scholarships. Because Huron makes it a top priority to ensure its elite model of education is as accessible as possible, Natalie won the university’s largest scholarship, the Hellmuth, alongside multiple other monetary acknowledgements of her achievements.

If her schedule didn’t seem full enough, Natalie also tries to engage in as much experiential learning as she can to extend what she discovers within the classroom by seeing how these concepts play out in the real world. In 2019, she travelled to England as part of Huron’s Phantoms of the Past initiative. During her week-long getaway, guided by interdisciplinary Huron professors, from our English & Cultural Studies and History Departments, she and several other students to conduct research surrounding the seeds of slavery in England.

All of these great experiences are contributing to Natalie’s portfolio, which will help distinguish her as she begins to apply to grad school. More than that, she acknowledges the deeply meaningful connections she’s developed here will play a fundamental role in this next chapter. “Our vision of developing Leaders with Heart, which is gaining traction around the world, means that potential employers will see this Huron distinction on my diploma and know I am prepared to think critically and generate creative approaches to issues because they know that I’ve been shaped by difficult questions and authentic discussions with people who genuinely care about me,” she explains. 

And, as for whether Natalie feels comfortable going to her professors for recommendation letters to push her career forward? “I know with every fiber of my being my professors will happily give up their time to support my growth, long after I graduate from here.”