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Joel Nichols

Winnipeg Free Press: A funny thing happened on the way to med school…

November 27, 2023 — 

The University of Manitoba’s 100th Rhodes Scholar, the first of his kind with a visual arts degree, stumbled into a creative career that has earned him one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards.

Joel Nichols, who originally planned to pursue medical school, enrolled in science courses of all sorts upon starting his post-secondary studies in 2018.

The following year, he added a life-changing elective — an introductory drawing course, during which art was treated as “a medium of communication” — to his schedule.

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