I had the opportunity to attend the Early Years Conference in Vancouver thanks to the Health Studies Student Opportunity Fund. It only took 3 days, but my life was changed in so many ways. Not only did I get the chance to spend time with 11 other passionate students from Western, I also had the opportunity to interact with people from around the world – from sitting next to a pediatrician from New Zealand, to receiving a personal business card from a leader in the family policy movement in Canada. At the conference I was exposed to many diverse topics and ideas, and my eyes were opened to the exciting complex nature of health and the crucial role our environment plays in lifelong wellbeing. It turns out that not everything can be taught in lecture slides, and after walking away from this conference I have a new sense of what it means to be a Western Health Science Student. I have a newly discovered passion for childhood health and wellbeing, and a new understanding that if we want a world full of healthy adults it means promoting and enabling a world full of healthy kids from the start.