Program: Honours Specialization in Health Sciences
HSSA Role: President
Fun Fact: I can eat a large Papa John’s pizza on my own in less than half an hour.
Why did you want to be on HSSA?
I started out as a residence representative for the Dream Team in my first year and wanted to get more involved in the Faculty and the School of Health Studies. I was selected to be the 2nd and 3rd Year Rep for the HSSA back when it was known as the Health Studies Students’ Council. During my time, the HSSA went through many significant changes like the development of the Student Opportunity Fund. I grew to love the team and the program more and more with each role. I decided to run for President because I wanted to be in a position to make a significant impact with the vision I had for the Health Studies Program. With the support of my peers and hard, endless campaigning, I am super excited to be the Health Studies President for a second term. I hope I can continue to lead HSSA to its best capacity and improve the student experience for the School of Health Studies!
What did you do this summer?
This summer, I competed with the Western Dragon Boat Club in various festivals. I have been paddling since my first year at UWO and have grown to love the sport! It dominates my whole summer usually! This year was a bit different because I was accepted to an internship with the Asian Health Literacy Association in Taipei, Taiwan. I actually just got back! I was there for almost 3 months conducting health literacy research in the Orthopedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychiatric, and Kidney Departments. I am actually still in contact with the team because we want to publish our findings. It was an eye-opening experience working in an international health setting. Our project was connected with partners all over the Asian and European regions.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved with?
Over the years at UWO I had the opportunity to participate in many different activities. Currently, I am serving as a Senior Advisor for the Taiwanese at Western Association, Faculty of Health Science Representative for the Western Student Research Conference, and the Fundraising Rep for the Western Dragon Boat Club. I am also a volunteer for multiple departments at UWO/NGOs around the community and work a couple part-time jobs. Honestly- there are so many ways to be involved in the UWO and local community! Take action! Get involved!
What or whom inspires you?
My peers inspire me to take action and advocate. In my position, I have gotten to meet many different people in all steps of life. Each of them has a story, each comes with a lesson. I love talking to people to hear what they have to say about their story. It motivates me to work hard to help others and help myself find my journey. I am also very lucky to have a great support from my family and friends. They are always there when I am panicking/lost/de-motivated, always encouraging me to be the best I can.
What is your fav HS course or prof and why?
Health Leadership and Innovation is my absolute favourite course that I took in my undergrad. Professor Anne Snowden pushed the boundaries in this course. It was a night course and we all know how dreadful it can be but our class didn’t even notice the time go by in this course. We would always go over the class time because the discussions we had were engaging. My group was partnered up with a start-up company called Fernando Kerr Design who created a new safety-needle for health practitioners. We were tasked to help implement and introduce the product innovatively into the market. It was a great learning experience! My peers in this course also inspired me to create the Health Care Challenge held by HSSA!
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five/ten/twenty years?
I don’t know. I live for the moment – I know – sound’s cheesy. There is no plan though. I know that I want to work in international health. How and when I will get there is a plan that I will come up with when the time comes. I am simply enjoying my last year at UWO.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
Health is defined in many different ways. I look at it as a part of my personality. By enforcing health into my daily life, I develop healthy eating habits, exercise routines and mindfulness routines. Health is not only physical but it has aspects in social, mental and biological as well. We need to embrace it with a holistic approach.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies Students?
Don’t hold expectations when you go into something (whether it be a course, activity, an event, etc). When you hold expectations and it isn’t met, you have a negative view. This causes you to be close-minded about what is happening and you get upset. Isn’t it simply better to not have any so each moment is exciting?
Anything else you want to end with?
Feel free to reach out to me any time to talk about school, life, student concerns, etc. I am here to represent YOU! I am always available so don’t be afraid! I don’t bite J