Sonya Leigh Ogilvie | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Sonya Leigh Ogilvie

Portrait of graduate student Sonya Leigh Ogilvie

Why I chose Guelph

A major reason for my choice to complete graduate studies at the University of Guelph was the community-engaged research happening through researchers here on campus in collaboration with members of the community. I have a deep appreciation for research that is wanted by those who are actually on the front lines of a field.​

About the campus

The campus is beautiful. Take the time to explore before getting totally immersed in your program; you never know when you will need a change of scenery to liven up your writing or a walk to refresh your soul. It is good to have a few locations tucked away in your back pocket for when the need arises. Never lose your sense of wonder.​

Words of advice

Pursue research that you truly believe has the potential to improve life. Knowing you are working toward something more than just a degree can help you find the drive to make it through the difficult or dry aspects of your time in graduate studies. 

Your time in graduate studies will provide many opportunities, but don't lose touch with yourself. Take the time to do what you need to in order to maintain your sense of purpose and direction, then live out of that. Don't be afraid to try new things, but remember that no one can do everything. Be selective.

How will my work Improve Life?

My research project has given youth the chance to share about their experience of transitioning back into the community after attending residential programming for mental health and/or behavioural disorders. Their stories help build understanding and empathy in listeners and lay the groundwork for improved support systems for youth who experience this transition.

My future plans

While I do not yet have a specific plan, I intend to continue working in the child and youth mental health sector. My time at UoG has provided me with the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the field and begin exploring many different ways in which I might engage with this work.