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McMaster graduate, Finley Kibbey-Dunne

Meet Mac grad, Finley Kibbey-Dunne

Finley Kibbey-Dunne graduates this week with a political science degree, specializing in public law and judicial studies. Finley talks about his love for politics, his plans for a future law career and his fond memories of Welcome Week.

Jun 14, 2022

1. Why did you pursue a degree in political science?

I’ve completed the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies. I chose this degree because of my love for the political world and the broad reach political science has in many areas of study. Politics is present in countless areas of society, and my degree has not only allowed me to explore areas where politics resides but also to explore different areas I wouldn’t normally have studied. 


2. How would you describe your time at McMaster?

Incredible and unforgettable. The community that is fostered within the boundaries of McMaster University is so unique and diverse, and it effortlessly incorporated me into it with open arms. The friends I met along the way have played an immense role in making my time here unforgettable. I also couldn’t forget the professors and staff who contributed significantly as well. Speaking with such wise and studied members of society allowed me to feed my curiosity and explore new areas of research I could never have thought of doing. 


3. What’s your favourite memory from your time at McMaster?

It is Welcome Week and my time on the Faculty of Social Sciences representative team–the Blu Cru. I have experienced four Welcome Weeks, both as a student and a representative. I have great memories of all of them, but my favourite memory would have to be the Monday Night Lights event we planned for the 2021/22 Welcome Week. Monday Night Lights was one of our last events for that Welcome Week and served as a sort of final hoorah for the first-year students and the representative team. It was my pièce de résistance for all the Welcome Weeks I had been a part of and served as a congratulation but also a farewell for making it this far. We sang, danced and played games all night and I can say confidently that it will be a memory I will never forget. 


4. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your first-year self?

My advice would be to get even more involved. The first year is an interesting period in every university student’s life. You’re thrown into a situation that you haven’t been in before while trying to make new friends and do your best academically. I dealt with this in my first year. However, I wish I had gotten more involved in clubs and student groups because I would have found it easier to adjust. When you join clubs and teams, you share these experiences with other students who are going through the same thing, and it helps you with the experience and build new and important friendships.


5. What’s next for you?

My academic end goal is to attend law school soon. I am writing my Law School Admission Test later this summer and will hopefully be accepted into a law school in the fall of 2023. In the meantime, I am trying to enjoy the free time I have and make up for the time lost over the pandemic to reconnect with friends and explore the world around me!