Eric Trinh- 3rd Yr Bachelor of Honors Specialization in Health Science
What do you think makes our program standout?
I like the wide possibilities that our program offers to each individual student. When I came to Western, I knew I wanted to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people and the program really allowed me to test waters without having any doors close on me for career options.
What type of extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
I am currently a Health Science Soph and I hope to be one again next year! Its’ been such an honour and privilege to be on the HS Soph Team that consists of such amazing people that have the same goals- to help first years. I also helped out the University Students’ Council as a Outreach Leadership Developer which aims to tackle barriers for grade 8 students that are at risk and low income. We host a weekend long conference at UWO to help them make smart, educational decisions. In first year, I was part of CAISA as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club in London. It was a lot of fun and we did it bi-weekly! I also had a chance to be on BOFY (Board of First Year) which consisted of a group of first year students to help run FROST week. I play intramurals in flag football, futsol, soccer for the off-campus and residence leagues. It helps me stay in touch with my first years! You also might find me at the Western Student Recreation Centre at the front desk where I work as a Membership Services Shift Leader.
Why did you become a soph?
I was off-campus in my first year and my Off-campus Soph actually motivated me to become a faculty soph for Health Sciences. I wanted to give first year students the same experience and smooth sailing that I had. It has been such an amazing experience and it truly showcases the student experience. A big part of soph-ing is the team- they are an amazing group of people there for the best and good reasons. We get to make first year students have a truly awesome orientation week and over the school year, I always keep in contact with my first years through dinners or help them with questions that they have. I also coach the flag football team so I get to see them throughout the year quite often!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My parents – I’m the first-generation in my family to pursue post-secondary school. My parents didn’t have a post secondary education. It amazes me how they got me where I am now. I don’t tell them that enough. They moved to Canada from Vietnam to Toronto and settled in Owensound. They owned 3 restaurants and they loved it! It was a lot of hard work but my parents actually also changed sectors and are currently running a family renovation business. It amazes to see where they learned their skills from. My dad has many talents and he actually knows how to build a house from ground up!
What do you do to be healthy?
I try to eat relatively healthy or atleast healthier alternatives. I play intramurals, stay active and working at the gym makes it convenient to workout. It gets me out of the house!
What kind of career goals are you headed towards?
To be honest I am in third year so my plan is to finish up my health studies degree next year and pursue a double degree for compressed nursing. Our degree carries over to nursing very well so I want to see where it would take me. Hopefully- a masters after!
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies Students?
Use the resources that UWO offers you. I regretted not doing as much as I should have. There are so many people to help you – from student services to writing services- they are all free so utilize them! There is no downside. Also- plan ahead. Look at the course syllabus, email your professors- they are willing to help if you ask. Lastly, just have fun!