Fun Fact: I am bilingual. My hometown in New Brunswick is mainly francophone.
Welcome back to Western! Tell me about what you did this summer.
This summer I worked in Marten Falls, a small fly-in community in Northern Ontario as a literacy camp counsellor. The community had a population of about 300 people and was situated right on the river. We ran camp from Monday to Friday and on weekends got to go swimming with the kids, berry picking, fishing and boating.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am currently involved with Rotaract as Vice-President of Charities and am a volunteer for Frontier College. I really enjoy getting involved in organizations and meeting people in the city of London. Through Charities, I contact different organizations to set up volunteering partnerships for our general members. We just finished organizing our annual volunteer chain during the month of October.
What inspires you?
My family and friends back home in New Brunswick are definitely my biggest inspiration. It’s difficult being so far from home, but knowing that no matter the distance they are always there to support me pushes me to work hard in every aspect of my life, from school to working out to volunteering.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
It’s so difficult to pick just one! I really enjoyed Intro to Ethics and Health. I had never taken an ethics course before and it was interesting to learn about how ethical dilemmas are resolved and what principles assist in making these decisions. I also enjoyed learning about specific cases that have happened recently.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
I definitely want to pursue some type of post-graduate schooling. I am currently looking into medicine, although am also keeping my options open to completing a masters program. I do intend on moving back to the east coast to hopefully study a little closer to home.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
Health is so comprehensive! It really depends on your lifestyle and the little choices that can be made every day. I personally make sure I get to sleep around 10 pm because I need a good 8 hours of sleep every night. I am at the gym almost every morning and make sure I eat balanced meals. I love weightlifting and yoga and feel like those are essential to de-stress. I think it’s important to find a balance between school and other aspects of life and to make sure to take the time to take care of yourself.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
Do things that scare you! These experiences can often be the most rewarding. I was absolutely terrified to travel to a remote isolated community for two months but it turned out to be such a life changing experience. There is room for so much personal growth when you step outside of your comfort zone.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
The diversity of its courses makes the School of Health Studies stand out. I believe it gives the opportunity to explore different options in the field of health. It’s really interesting to learn about current topics and how they evolve.
Know of any food hacks?
I cook all my broccoli in the microwave! Add the broccoli and a little water and microwave for 3 minutes and voila. Perfectly cooked.