Normally I don’t believe in “new year’s resolutions”, although I do like to set long and short term goals. One goal that I am currently focusing on is to take advantage of opportunity. University is an extraordinary place to meet new people and try different things; it would be a shame to let that go to waste. When peers have asked me to work on a challenge or be a part of their projects, I have chosen to not shy away from these chances to do something wonderful.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Currently I am an athlete on the Western Dragon Boat team, which takes skill, commitment, and a huge dedication to training. It’s one of the best experiences I have ever had. On this team I am an events representative, which means I help plan and organize team events. As well, I am running a Women’s Self Defense seminar through Campus Recreation. It’s extremely important to me, as I believe that everyone should feel safe alone. I am also competing in the Health Care Challenge this year.
What inspires you?
Curiosity. Art, science, language, stories, nature. I find inspiration in anything that is important to me, that I have learned from or question.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
My favourite HS prof would have to be Kirkwood. He’s intelligent, engaging, and overall quite inspiring. The narratives he brings to his Ethics classroom spark genuine thought and curiosity, adding perspective to a presumably dull topic.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
As bad as it may sound, I have no concrete future career plans, but I am aiming towards a field in medicine or health care. I really hope to be travelling, or have traveled (to as many places as possible) within this time. For my overall future I strive towards happiness, personal growth, learning, and fulfilment.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
To me, health means balance. In my own life I look for a balance between physical (exercise, absence of sickness) and mental (learning, happiness, coping) health. I love to plan out everything, but in order to keep from being overwhelmed I take time to do things that I enjoy.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
Even though you’ve been told a thousand times, “it’s not the end of the world” you can’t always help but worry. Your feelings are valid, and you are allowed to feel overwhelmed sometimes. It’s okay to feel this way, but try to find the ways you cope best; whether it’s exercise, talking or writing.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
The opportunities that it provides its students with are various and novel. This not only challenges students to find their strengths but also gives them an environment to make friends or build a support system.
Know of any food hacks?
Freeze yogurt cups with Popsicle sticks in them for a good snack!