Fun Fact: I have a 150 pound Saint Bernard named Brandi and she is my best friend.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am the USC Councillor for Health Studies. For the position, I sit under the Provincial and Federal Affairs Liaison Standing Committee. So what we do is review the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance papers that are proposed to the provincial government. Since Westsern is a member of OUSA, we review their paperwork to provide a Western context. I take the stance to support all paperwork or government proposals that would make undergraduate degrees more accessible to all students. I am also the social programming coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Council. I plan socials for the council. Something that is coming up is a Secret Santa event. In my capacity as a Residence Don at Huron, I along with a group of other students started the Huron Peer to Peer Network. In that role, I work with the Huron University College Students’ Council, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Support Services to bring mentorship opportunities to first-year students. We are currently working on securing funding to push the program forward.
What inspires you?
All of my classmates who all seem to be very well-rounded. It’s inspiring to see other people doing well and it keeps me going. And I’m really inspired by all the initiatives put forth by our council and in the Western community.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
My favourite course is Shauna Burke’s Personal Determinants of Health. I liked the course because Dr. Burke really took an interest in the material and in all her students.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
I hope to apply to medical school. I am also interested in getting a Masters in Public Health.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
I define health are a resource for life. Being healthy for me means being able to do the things that I love. To stay healthy I try to reduce stress by staying on top of all my schoolwork. I study while running on a treadmill at the gym. I try to maintain a balanced diet.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
In terms of academics, stay on top of your work, get help from your professors when you need it, and get a good group of friends to be your support network who you can study with.