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“[I]t was extremely valuable as a course in terms of knowledge and social justice activism, but I would consider making sure you set aside time, because there are a lot of times where you may be feeling emotionally vulnerable.” – Alex

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“[I]t’s a very intense course, and a lot of the content is really deep. … [Y]ou can’t always just glance at things once; you sometimes have to take a second look at the readings.” – Allan

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“After reviewing the material over and over again, I realize that, okay, I need to unlearn a lot of the things that I allowed to influence me and replace them with the values of the course.” – Tomisin

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“I’m a very empathetic person, and that is something that I built upon and developed a lot while taking the course. [It] is something that I will definitely take into the field that I’m going into, which is addiction and mental health … [W]hen I am talking to my future clients, I have to be able to be empathetic to them, be patient, and just listen to them.” – Tomisin

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“It’s definitely a life-changing course. It definitely changed my perspective of how I view sexual assault and other situations like catcalling, sending unsolicited nudes to people and things like that. It’s very applicable to your life. If you think it’s not useful, [know that] it is, because it’s all around you.” – Tomisin

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“The 350 curriculum is particularly challenging, because you have to unlearn a lot of rape myths and rape culture, and these are things that have been engrained in us since we were children … it is very hard to unlearn that and to catch yourself when you find yourself thinking things that can be problematic or trivialize sexual violence.” – Joury

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“It’s a big time commitment, but it’s extremely rewarding, and I think that’s important to know going into it – it is hard but it’s very, very rewarding.” – Joury

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“In 450 you have a lot of support … at different levels: you have support from the people in your class that become really good friends, then you also have support from your personal coaches, … your TA, and of course you have the professor. I found that when I was having any anxieties or challenges, there were a lot of resources that I was able to use to overcome them.” – Joury

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“You get what you give – if you put a lot of time and effort and heart into it, the class is life changing … it really does change the way that you see and think about the world and the way that you process information, especially in the media … most of all, it helps you become a better human being because you’re able to provide a more informed support for people that are survivors of sexual violence or even secondary victims.” – Joury

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“[A]nother thing that this course really gave to me [was] the ability to connect with people that I would not normally become friends with, just because of the environment I would put myself in.” – Nick

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“I think the community that is established in the class is one of the most healthy and engaging aspects of the course.” – Nick

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"I wish everyone could have the chance to take it because you get to make so many friends, you learn so much about campus environment and it’s a really positive experience overall.” - Raven

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“The course completely, 100% influenced what I want to do in grad school. Ever since I took [the course], my research has centred around the role institutions play in sexual violence … [I]n my grad school research I want to look at the role institutions play in human trafficking. So, learning about the Bystander method and the idea of community responsibility has really influenced my [interests].” – Raven

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