91st Rhodes Scholar

Nayani Jensen was always drawn to both the sciences and the arts. She grew up with a deep fascination of everything from bugs and birds to gears and clocks. But she also loved playing the violin, was an avid reader and did a lot of writing, too.

When she started university, Nayani assumed she’d have to choose one or the other. So, she began her Mechanical Engineering degree with a plan to return to her creative pursuits after graduation. Instead, she discovered that she really needed both to be successful.

And succeed she did — becoming Dalhousie’s 91st Rhodes Scholar.

The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship covers travel and study for two years at the University of Oxford with an option for a third. Only 95 Rhodes Scholars are selected each year, 11 of them from Canada. Not just about academics or extracurricular pursuits, it’s an award that celebrates leadership, compassion, commitment to others and the potential to make a difference on the world stage.

That sums up Nayani, a co-op student who’s also an author, a playwright, a musician, an environmental researcher and a community volunteer.

While Nayani’s positive co-op experiences have put her on track for a future in engineering research, she’s going to Oxford first, to pursue a senior BA in English Language and Literature.

Nayani’s achievements are just one example of how Dal students challenge themselves to go beyond their degree to enrich their experience and enhance their communities. We’re proud to recognize their dedication, talent and hard work.

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