Failows' route to her true calling

June 09, 2005, vol. 33, no. 4
By Kate Hildebrandt

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From dancing to acting to practicing psychology may seem a circuitous route but for Laura Failows, her career path has been a purposeful journey to find her true calling.

Failows is this year's recipient of the dean's undergraduate convocation medal in the faculty of arts and social sciences with an outstanding 4.21 grade point average. The effort, she explains, was worth it. "I do work hard because I'm passionate about this learning so, in the long run, it doesn't seem like hard work at all."

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Failows and her parents moved to Victoria, B.C., where she studied dance from the age of three. After graduating from Mount Douglas senior high school, she travelled for a time then settled in Vancouver to pursue an acting career. Things didn't go as she had hoped. "I just couldn't feel secure in that world," she admits.

She reassessed her goals and realized if she was to be content she must integrate her principles with her academic and professional aspirations.

Failows decided to study psychology, first at Douglas College, then as a psychology major at SFU where she has made the honor roll and secured four scholarships.

Now focused on her masters degree, Failows is studying how the self is shaped by social, cultural and historical influences.

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