Meet Western's Class of 2020

June 2020

Special Edition

Serena Mendizabal

Grad fuses Indigenous health, geography into big plan

First in her family to attend university right out of high school, Serena Mendizabal is aiming no lower than being a world-changer.

Amr Alsabbagh

Nature and nurture lead grad to dentistry

For Amr Alsabbagh, the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library at Western will always hold special significance. He spent many hours in that popular study spot, working alongside two familiar study buddies – his parents.

Amanda Wu and Dawson Li

Pandemic pivot may build high-impact volunteering

Amanda Wu and Dawson Li planned to spend their summer working with London non-profit organizations to create meaningful volunteer experiences for high school students.

Graduate Carolyn Tran

Grad thrives in concert of art and science

Carolyn Tran has found balance in the beauty of science and music.

Music/business degrees hit high notes, open doors

The first class to graduate with Bachelor of Music (Honors)/Honors Business Administration dual degrees is first class in every respect.

‘Learning to fall’ fuels grad’s performance

Dean Kernaghan’s portfolio opens with a quote: “You don’t have time to work fast.” Not only has he heard these words often from his mentor in the Engineering student shop, these are words he tries to live by.

Grad looks to star in world beyond the court

Julia Curran got a late start – but she more than made up for lost time.

Grad builds a career, new opportunities at Western

Perhaps it comes as no surprise where Javier Gomez Ospina is today, since his father is a civil engineer and his mother is an architect. Construction is in his blood.

Innovative grad finds supportive home at Western

Shirin Ahmed, MBA’20, has a vision for using business to make things better.

Western helps grad rise to new challenges

Western opened horizons Elliot Kimelman never expected to see, including viewing business through the eyes of a Dragon.

Western helps cement grad’s family tradition

While business runs in the family for Riley Love, he took a slightly more circuitous route to fall in with the family tradition.

Passion for the past leads grad to future

While Sanghu (Justin) Kim was busy digging up the past, he was looking forward to the future.