Since graduating from Marianopolis just over two years ago, Alexandru Stratulat ’15 has had diverse experiences. Having come to Marianopolis from Collège Regina Assumpta and been admitted to Oxford university, he has some compelling things to say about happiness, motivation and the importance of spending time talking with friends.
Q: What are you doing these days?
A: Right after finishing my DEC in Social Science I started studying Fine Arts at the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Yukon. There, I had the chance to work as a Research Assistant, creating multimedia interpretations of climate change research and Indigenous knowledge. I loved working as an Events and Communications Assistant using my graphic design skills to create posters, flyers, brochures and web content. I’m now continuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ontario College of Art and Design University. I hope to spend my next year abroad studying in Florence.
Q: Which class at Marianopolis had the most impact on you and how?
A: My running class, instructed by Josée Perron, really taught me how to be self-motivated and exercise by myself. I still run to this day and physical activity is a very important part of my life.
Q: How has Marianopolis helped you now that you are at university?
A: The amount of work I had to do at Marianopolis really helped me to develop a rigorous work ethic which made it much easier to face the classes in university. Marianopolis also helped me to identify and pursue what I am truly passionate about and that always makes course work much easier to do.
Q: What is the biggest impact that the College has had on you?
A: Marianopolis allowed me to build the foundations for the person I am today, letting me be myself and explore different interests.
Q: What were your fondest memories during your time at Marianopolis College?
A: I will never forget all the hours spent sitting by a windowsill with some friend, sometimes doing work, but most often just talking.
Q: What was the most rewarding part of your program?
A: Being able to conduct my own research on topics which interested me and expanding my knowledge about certain current issues.
Q: How would you describe the students within your program in one word?
Q: What is the biggest difference between college and university?
A: University is a much larger bureaucracy than Marianopolis was. It can be quite difficult to access all the resources you need when they keep sending you from one building to the next one in order to arrange simple registration issues.
Q: What made you choose Marianopolis?
A: I wanted a respected institution with a reasonable amount of students located in a good neighbourhood. After finishing high school at a private francophone school, I was looking to study in English while still remaining in the realm of private education. Marianopolis was the obvious choice.
Q: What resources were most useful to you while at the College?
A: The Academic Advising services really helped me apply and get accepted in the University program I wanted. I don’t think I would have been accepted at the University of Oxford without their help.
Q: Which activities were you involved in at Marianopolis?
A: Many and the one that has stayed with me is the Marianopolis Arts Trip. It allowed me to travel and enjoy art in New York City. More importantly, it provided me with a model of how to organize my travels to be able to see everything that’s on my list and be effective.
Q: When you were little, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: I remember, in pre-k at Guy-Drummond, a teacher asked what we wanted to be when we were grown-ups. We were making a tape recording of everyone’s aspirations. I said I wanted be a dancer, but I was told there was already someone else saying that on the tape, and I had to say something else, so I said I wanted to be a doctor, pretty much the only other job I knew. I don’t really remember how I saw my life as an adult, but I wanted to be happy, and for now I am.