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Andrew Snook

Andrew Snook

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Year of Graduation: 2002
Program: General Arts and Science - University Profile

Igniting the Spark Within

For most of my life, I never had any idea what I wanted to do for a living. I spent my first few post-high school years in Mississauga jumping from job to job. When a workplace injury in 2000 forced me to lie in bed for a few weeks, I had time to rethink my future. I knew I wanted to go back to school, but had no idea what subjects to study.

The General Arts and Science program piqued my interest because it offered a wide variety of subjects I could try out at an introductory level. Enrolling in the program was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Through my studies, I discovered a love for the arts I never knew I had. My eyes were opened to a wide variety of stimulating subjects including sociology, philosophy, politics, English literature, creative writing and psychology. The professors in the program helped me find a passion for learning that still burns brightly today. I was even given the honour of representing the program during Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the Trafalgar campus in 2002.

After graduating, I moved to Nova Scotia and obtained a BA in Sociology at Acadia University (2005). While there, I wrote and self-published my first novel and continue to write fiction today, a hobby that I began pursuing while attending Sheridan.

I then held a couple of supervisory/management roles in the logistics field, but found my passion for writing was too great to ignore. In 2009, I moved to the Ottawa area and studied journalism at Algonquin College. I graduated from the program the following year, and have since published well over 100 articles and photos in a wide variety of publications. Currently, I am Editor for the magazines Canadian Forest Industries, Canadian Biomass and Rock to Road. In 2015, I published my first book, Remy’s Dilemma. http://snookbooks.com/

I strongly recommend the General Arts and Science program to anyone who wants to return to school in an environment where your passion for learning and knowledge can be discovered and nurtured. A special thank you to my professors for helping me develop the skills I need to excel in today’s fast-paced world. The program proved to be the ideal stepping stone on my road to success.

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