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Indigenous Studies

A group of students in an indigenous canoe paddling along the Otonabee river
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

#FacesofTrentU: Cultural Understanding a Stepping Stone to Success

Trisha Chandratilleke, Indigenous Studies

“I chose to study Indigenous Studies because I wanted to understand the traditions, culture and healthcare of First Nations peoples so that when I become a doctor I can accommodate everyone’s needs.”

Trisha Chandratilleke, a fourth-year Indigenous Studies student, says her best memories at Trent are the times spent with friends and at the many events hosted by regional and cultural groups, including Afrobana and Cultural Outreach. “These experiences made my four years here so much better, and made Trent feel like home.”

Ms. Chandratilleke hopes to build on the skills she has learned at Trent while pursuing her medical degree, eventually becoming a doctor. After graduation, she wants to take a year off, travel the world and learn about traditional medicines. Then, she hopes to study to become a naturopathic doctor, and one day, work with First Nations communities and travel with Doctors without Borders.

Learn more about Trent’s Indigenous Studies program.

Trent University prides itself on providing an outstanding personal and interactive learning environment. This story is part of the #FacesofTrentU series, which highlights our many student success stories and the numerous dynamic programs offered at Trent.

Posted on November 19, 2018