To My Fellow Graduates

As the graduating class of 2016 becomes the alumni of tomorrow, we wanted to give a chance for people to leave their mark. After four years of listening and learning from our professors, we cannot neglect another source of learning – each other. We tried our best through Facebook and our own networks to include as many graduating voices as we could, but it’s a busy time of year, so this is not all of us. This online version of the yearbook will continue to be open to submissions from any graduates that wish to send one to

Edie Kalman

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

Avery Nicholson

Are we done with MIT yet? I can’t BESTAND this anymore.

Antoinette Taranets

When people ask me why I chose Western, I always say the same thing: because that is where FIMS is. I cannot express in such a small amount of words just how much my time in MIT has meant to me. But I can say, without hesitation, that it was the students and professors who make up this small but mighty Faculty, who shaped my experience the most.

Thank you to those who forced me to question everything and reminded me that I truly know nothing. Here’s the secret: we ARE employable and we CAN make a difference. We already have in the lives of each other.

Proud to call myself a member of the graduating class of 2016.

Sam Aleboyeh

What got me to the end?
FIMS friends (thx for the intellectual dialogue), keening (lots of it), recycling journal articles for different essays (thx Judith Butler), the amazing professors (almost all of them), and paper extensions (oh thank god for the extensions!)

Heather DuMaresq

We did it – we made it through! From John Reed’s 1500 to Warren Steele’s 2500, all the way through to Compton’s 3100, we can finally say hello from the other side. MIT was one of the most wonderful surprises. I wasn’t quite sure what exactly the program was upon entering first year, but I can happily say that I can somewhat describe my program to a stranger now (if he or she has 10 minutes). We are critical thinkers, we are innovators, and we are kickass communicators (thank you term papers). The skills we’ve gained through MIT, I know, are absolutely indispensable. Although we are often the butt of all jokes, we are a unique group who will go on to do amazing things. Thanks, FIMS, for an awesome four years.

Kate Avery

“I HAVE AN EXAMPLE!” – jk, I love my FIMS fam.

Melissa Peterson
*insert pink shirt girl emoji, waving*
It’s been fun, folks. A real 💯 four years.
Keep on keeping on and never shy away when you make eye contact with someone taking a selfie.
Peace n love,
Mel 💕

Katya Rogers

“Voted most likely to overthrow the system” – FIMS Grads 2016. Congratulations Grads! #panopticon #singularity #FIMS

Anna Denys

Thank you to my fellow Mothers In Training for preparing me to create the best Marxist babies a girl could ask for. Can’t wait for our feminist centred play dates in the future.

Brittany Tilstra

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Melody MacRae

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Meredith Pow

I came to Western with a set of ideas about how university was supposed to be. Four years later, I leave with my expectations surpassed and my eyes widened. I take genuine comfort in knowing that I share a critical perspective on the world with my FIMS peers and this is something I will really miss. So, where do I go from here? I don’t have the answer… no seriously, I have no idea. But I’m excited to see where life takes each of us. Let’s go do great things.

Kyle Simons

In my time at Western I got to take fascinating classes and meet great people. FIMS is full of some of the coolest, brightest, and most interesting students and professors I’ve ever met. However, after four years of studying the pitfalls of capitalism and the horrors of consumerism, I’ve decided to pursue a career in advertising. Sorry!

Riley McNair

“The sky had never seemed so sky; the world had never seemed so world.”

Thank you FIMS for the past four years, and thank you Coraline for putting those years into words for me. I love you both, very much.

Emma Stewart

“‘The worst thing about FIMS was the dementors!’ – Michael Scott” – Emma Stewart.

Thank you Michael Scott for helping me through the past four years; I couldn’t have done it without you. Also, thank you FIMS for helping me be me.

Martin Pacyna

“Just stepped in, matter fact I just stepped out.” – Big Body Bes

Courteney Bone

“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better.” ― Richard W. Paul

Riley Wong

After four years of studying cultural theory, I still don’t know what a Panopticon is. Just kidding…kind of. Also, shout out to Selma Purac, the fun aunt we all wish we had. My life in MIT was nothing like what I was expecting, but a real blast nonetheless. Thanks to everyone who made it what it was, I’ll miss you and all those off topic class discussions. Good luck, and see you at the reunion (is there a reunion). #FIMS4LYFE

Bryson Parks

FIMS is one of the biggest shams Western sells to those bright-eyed 16 year-olds that walk through our recruitment fairs and open houses. They come in thinking they’ll be the next E-Talk host or fashion editor. In two years’ time when they’re ass-deep in Derrida and trying to figure out if the thing is really a thing, their dreams die alongside their innocence and notions of how the world really operates.

And thank god for that. If FIMS has done one thing, it has made me a better person – more open, understanding, and empathetic. We are so #blessed to have an engaged faculty and supportive cohort to help us understand and defend against the perils of misogyny, racism, and neoliberalism. Difficult as it is, please hold on to this – never stop learning, and never forget. Oh, and I was 30 years old this whole time and none of you knew.

Gloria Choo

Be critical, but stay humble. You do not only come here to learn that you’re on the privileged side and we live in a ruined world, you also come here to learn how you can make this world a better place. This is a desperate world to live in, but one should never lose hope and kindness. Don’t look down on people when they don’t understand what “hegemony” means and why this world is in trouble, then you become the person you’re criticizing for your whole university life. Also if there is any advice I can give you: explore the world, sleep well, eat a lot, take care of yourself, and then you can care about the world much better.

Erica Maydo

I have one last question before I graduate, what does Technoculture mean anyways?  Peace out MIT, see you all in the real world, AKA the Panopticon.  

Cindy Soerensen

“Capitalism? More like crapitalism. Am I right ladies???” – Karl Marx probably

Jackie Anderson

from Gangnam Style to Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’, we’ve experienced the worst & (possibly) best things during these past four years, FIMS family. Keep on 🍑in’ on

Jessica Kaiyi Ye

It’s been four wonderful years in MIT. I can’t imagine time flies so fast and it’s time to leave. Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of ending. However, it is also a time of celebration of achievements and a beginning of a new journey. Wish you all the best in the future, and good luck in your adventure!

Carly Sythes

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, cause most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for. Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination.” – Whitey Durham

Jaclyn Carbone

Started with juice boxes, ended with wine boxes.

Avery Page

Thanks to fims, I am a nerd. I don’t mean nerd in the sense that I can’t wear breathe-right nasal strips at night without getting a rash (although I can’t). I am a nerd in the sense that I talk over MadMen to explain to my parents the socio-political context of Roger’s acid trip- even though they were alive in the sixties and I wasn’t. I wasn’t always this way. I’d like to thank all of my talented and supportive professors, who quite simply are also nerds, for inspiring and shaping me so expertly into the nerd I am.

Thank you to Madelene for swallowing late night hours and bottles of cheap wine with me. Thank you to Lewis for keeping me sane, to Ian for stirring the insane, and to all the others who from the beginning made me feel like their homes were my home too.

Julia Sobkowicz

“Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.” – John Maynard Keynes

Jennifer Feldman

“If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” – Ray Bradbury. Future FIMS grads, while you may not love every book you have to read, or every essay you’re required to write, be sure that you’re loving the overall life you live.

Stephanie Gordon

FIMS – it has been a love/hate relationship. What we learn can sometimes turn into a paralyzing pessimism, but we can’t let it prevent us from doing something. The world may seem like a dark place, but it becomes brighter with you in it. I’ve sat in class with so many of you, and your thoughtful intelligent contributions never cease to amaze me. Can’t wait to see what this batch of critical, yet kind, humans can do. Go forth and FSU. Oh and DFTBA.

Marwa Hassan

Eight, twenty-five or seventy years from now, you and I will lock eyes in the midst of a bustling metropolis lit up by thousands of artificial light sources – aka iPhones 20 and onwards. Two things will happen during our interaction: we’ll share the same flash of recognition, followed by this dialogue.

Me: “Nihilism?”
You: “Heidegger.”
*excited intakes of breath*
You: “Panopticism?”
Me: “Foucault.”
*soft, knowing smiles paint both of our faces*
Me: “After all this time?”
You: “Always.”

Thank you for understanding when no one else did – or ever really will. I’ll be seeing you.

Jenai Kershaw

I didn’t know what FIMS was. When I was in grade 11, I got lost on Western’s large campus during Open House. As fate would have it, I stumbled into NCB and heard Tim Blackmore give a mock lecture – and I just knew. It’s just like a movie, I recognize the irony. 4 years later, I’m lucky to have embedded myself into the culture, the thought and perspective of FIMS. Like my peers, I too have added an element of my personality to this faculty’s blueprint, specifically, MTP – just like it has imprinted itself to some degree permanently upon me.
Also, don’t take FIMS too seriously.

Erin Murray

It occurred to me in my final year. One Tuesday night in NCB at approximately 8:23pm, when John Reed went on a tangent about how he recreated the shining with his seven year old daughter and her friend, that FIMS was the right choice for me.

Sheba Birhanu

Know Yourself.  Trust yourself.  Take advice with a grain of salt.  You know you better than anyone else.  And don’t be afraid to leave anywhere or anything just because it’s inconvenient.  You know what’s a lot more inconvenient?  Regret.  Also, 94% of all the cliche advice you’ve ever been given is true.

Samir Kashyap

where you be in your life thank you for it. wherever you lay your head down tomorrow be thankful for it. whoever you hold, whoever you can’t – be thankful for it. my years here have been peaceful. i’ve gotten a chance to be true in front of loved ones – i have loved ones here. so wherever you all go, whether we spoke little or not at all or you shared my home or my head, just know that i say peace shall be upon you if you r compassionate. pick up animal crossing (again). also, support marginalized communities. i took a lot of naps man. thanks for letting me stretch my legs as long as they are and pull out the most meaningful stuff in me, the really good stuff, and the bad stuff too. thanks for not touching my hair. yo for real we’re gonna have to describe the world in vivid detail tomorrow and i for one am looking forward to it. believe survivors. listen to rap. Peace

Gabriella Teixeira

I think many of us have a love/hate relationship with FIMS. FIMS is like a really bad 4 year relationship that is full of tears and anger but also some beautiful moments that keep you coming back.

FIMS was emotionally, physically, and mentally taxing and I loved every moment of it. I can’t imagine a better group of students and instructors to struggle and grow with. Thank you to everyone who stood by me through this journey and I hope you never lose your curiousity.

Randa Albayoumi

“Every step you take, every move you make, every breath you take, every single day, I’ll be watching you” – Me watching my fellow MIT alumni 10 years down the line on Facebook.

Mia Salaveria

“Just because you’re trash doesn’t mean you can’t do great things. It’s called trash can, not trash can’t.”

Jessica Shaheen

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” – Aristotle #MIT

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