Mannat Sharma- 4th Honors Specialization in Health Sciences
What’s your favourite thing about Health Studies?
I like that it’s interdisciplinary and we’re encouraged to think about how other disciplines impact the health sector. We don’t exclusively focus on health!
Have you been involved in any student clubs/councils/extra-curricular activities?
Yes! Every year I am part of three things. Last year I was part of the Faculty of Health Science Student Council and an executive on Learning-it-Together (LIT). I was also the President of Oxfam Western which is a chapter of Oxfam Canad
a whose goals and principles are focused around poverty alleviation, human rights and gender empowerment. However, this year I’ve been focusing on Nspire which takes a lot of my time and energy.
Nspire Innovation Network is a non-profit, student-run organization located in Toronto, focused on business and technology space. I’m the managing director at Western. The idea is to host events to help students find what they are passionate about by giving them the tools to help them succeed in whatever they are interested in. We’re in the process of creating a career fair next semester actually. Being a health studies student, career fairs are typically focused on engineer, science, etc. This career fair would be more diverse.
You mentioned every year you are part of three things, what else are you doing this year?
I am also an intern at Health Equity Initiative in New York. I’m creating a white paper which is an informal paper that is published internationally. I am also working with them to collaborate with the United Nations on a school outreach program. I actually just finished it recently! It’s a school outreach program that impacts high school students all across the nation, and hopefully internationally depending on the response of the program. I am actually getting a credit for this too as a practicum course. I’m also leaving next semester to Washington D.C. for the Fulbright-Killam Fellowship program!
What’s your inspiration?
I find inspiration from my peers who are constantly going out there and doing what they are interested in. It’s so awesome to see young people find the thing that clicks from them whether it be a start-up or working for a company. I think there’s something really powerful about that and it makes me so motivated to see someone that is so successful at a young age.
What do you do to be healthy in your everyday life?
Health is a big part of my life. I love doing yoga and running. I’m a vegetarian and I’ve also tried a year with no sugar, going vegan, etc. I like to try different things
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
Try as much as possible to be diverse and keep your options open from courses to extracurricular activities. This is your four years to experiment. Do as many things as you’d like. If you’re interested, keep doing it, if not then don’t worry. It’s okay to change your mind.
Personal site (will update more soon): http://mannatsharma.wordpress.com