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Hello! My name is
Ciaran McDonald-Jensen
and I am a first-year engineering physics student at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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I’m just your typical sporty unicycling physics nerd. Recently I’ve been spending most of my time trying to solve the secrets of the universe (I mean, that’s what university basically is right?), this varies from trying to prove that our universe is a black hole to discussing buoyant fish in elevators (this was literally an hour long discussion). When I’m not physicsing, I’m probably rock climbing with friends, destroying my family in a game of Catan, or practicing my circus arts.

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Last year I was part of Ottawa’s Canterbury High School Ethics Bowl Team with Alador (my fellow alumna) and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I made incredible life-long friends, my critical thinking skills became legendary, and my perspective on life in general changed for the better. When I first joined my Ethics Bowl team, I had never formally done any sort of philosophy before in my life, in fact none of my team had, we had no experience whatsoever. We all just shared the common trait that we liked THINKING. We loved the mental gymnastics that the Bowl put us through, our hour long discussions about the morality of Genetic Modification, or Deep Sea Mining, it was amazing.

In our society sometimes we only see one side of a coin, and unless directly looking for it we never see the other side. With the Ethics Bowl you’ll learn to start seeing a dozen sides on every coin that you didn’t even know were there. In society, we have a lot of issues that are difficult, and it seems like there is no good solution to them. The beautiful thing about the Ethics Bowl is that it creates an open safe space to dissect and analyze these tough issues. It gives high school students a chance to solve some of society's toughest problems.

No matter what you want to do in the future, the Ethics Bowl will prepare you for it. Unless you want to be unethical, in which case… well… just don’t. Please, being ethical is way more fun and fulfilling.

The Ethics Bowl is an incredible event and if you are interested I totally recommend it. You will come out a smarter stronger individual. Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the bowl, life, or if you just want to chat, I’d love to talk to you :) My email is ciaranmcdj@gmail.com and my instagram is @ciaranmcdj. I hope I see you at the Bowl!