Class Afloat Faculty Member: Rhiannon White

Posted on 13 August 2018 @ 1:16pm

Class Afloat Faculty Member: Rhiannon White

Introducing the 2018-2019 Class Afloat Faculty! Meet the team who will lead this year's class as they begin an unforgettable journey.

Rhiannon White, English 11, Acadia Sociology, and Acadia Recreation Leadership

Hello! I’m from a city near Niagara Falls, Ontario and attended teachers college at Brock University. Teaching is the family business in the White family; my mother, sister, 4/5 aunts/uncles and 3/4 grandparents are/were all teachers. I love teaching because every day is different! I love travelling alone and with groups. Travelling has helped me grow into a more confident person who takes risks and initiates conversations. I’m extremely excited to be joining what I’m sure will be an amazing staff and crew this year!

P.S. The picture is me on top of the Great Wall of China. The day we went it was so misty you could barely see the wall, and my hair and clothes were soaked. Although we were disappointed at first, we all ended up laughing about it as we climbed up (me in my bare feet, because my shoe’s squeaked)!

Q&A with Rhiannon White

Question: What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?

I really want to try surfing but unfortunately I don’t live very close to an ocean. Whenever I’ve been somewhere where surfing was popular, I’ve always talked myself out of doing it because it was expensive and looked cold (I spent a lot of my childhood summers in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where the water is a frigid 14 degrees C). I think the thrill of standing up and gliding across the water would be incredible.

Question: What makes you most excited about teaching/working with Class Afloat?

I’m excited to learn new things and expand my comfort zone. I am excited to learn how to sail since I currently know nothing about it. I’m also looking forward to meeting everyone! I remember the people more than the places on most trips I’ve been on. I’m looking forward to class discussion about what we have seen and experienced as a group during our explorations. 

Question: If you could have anyone as a dinner guest - living or deceased, who would you choose?

I would probably choose Emma Watson. First of all, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have been for most of my life. I also admire Emma Watson as a celebrity. I think her work with the UN is extraordinary. I would love to hear about her views on equality, sustainable fashion and literature. Emma and I both have degrees in literature, so it would be interesting to discuss our university experiences and get some book recommendations!

Question: What is your best advice for having a great adventure?

My best advice for having a great adventure is to remember that bad experiences make for good stories. During every trip I’ve ever been on, something has gone wrong. I once had a flight cancelled; then the new flight was delayed 12+ hours; then I arrived too late to cross the border, and missed the start of a twenty-one day tour (I did eventually meet up with them on day two). The whole situation was a nightmare and extremely frustrating. Later, when I told to story to friends and family back home, it became hilarious... a series of unfortunate events! My friends and I still make jokes about it to this day. Even if a situation is horrible in the moment, when you remember it later it will usually become hilarious.