Meet a 2021 Peer Mentor:
“Hi friends! I work under the alias Jacklyn Freeburn (they/she). This is my first experience as a Peer Mentor and an opportunity to grow into the kind of friend that my inner first-year student would be proud of. In my program, Life Studies, we practise the values of mentorship through collaboration across program levels, which I find creatively generating.
I have lived in Toronto for six years since moving from a rural town in Southwestern Ontario, as a settler on the territory of the Anishinaabe. My current abode sits under a cherry tree, down the street from Christie Pits park. You might find me here writing on the hillside at sunset.
Life Studies has expanded my work into the realm of self-mythology and creative research. I use video to combine my writing, drawing, music, and performance skills into a series of magical investigations. Sensation, perception, and interaction are some of the powers that I tap into for transforming my experience. One day, I plan to develop these skills into educational media.
Sharing adventures with new people attracted me to making art in this city. As an entertainer, I look forward to feeling the energy of celebration in a crowd once again. Hopefully in the future this will look like respect for each other’s comfort, equity, and unique knowledge.”