Fun Fact: My family once owned pet chickens but the police said we couldn’t keep them because we lived in the city.
What is your new year resolution? Cease as many opportunities as I can.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in? VOLTA magazine, F&LS, SMART
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. My friends, my professors, the university. I make sure that I surround myself with inspiring and encouraging people who will support my decisions.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
Hands down my favourite HS course was Health Promotion with Jennifer Irwin. Often, people think health is a boring subject but Dr. Irwin was able to make learning about health and ways to promote it, extremely enjoyable. She is the reason that I’m currently in Health Promotion.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
I don’t like to set anything in stone because I truly believe that life has many pathways. But my current path is towards studying naturopathic medicine and hopefully opening up my own holistic healthcare centre. I hope that this centre can address the various components of health, everything from physical, mental and social.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
By now the World Health Organization’s definition of health is so engrained into my soul that I might as well get a tattoo of it. But, I definitely understand why it’s repeated in every class, because it’s true. Health is not just your physical health or the absence of disease. It involves social and mental well-being and is extremely complex when taking the social determinants of health into account.
In order to stay healthy in my everyday life, I make a mental checklist consisting of my physical, social and mental health. I make sure to cover physical healthy by engaging in exercise and healthy eating. I maintain my social health by putting aside time to be with my friends and clubs. And personally, I make sure my mental health is well maintained everyday by taking time out of the day for myself.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
My advice is not only for Health Studies students but for myself as well (as it is my New Year’s resolution), which is to seize opportunities. The school of Health Studies is amazing in the sense that it provides so many opportunities for students to explore their interests through guest speakers, conferences, programs, and more. These opportunities not only give you a real-life taste of what the possibilities but are usually really convenient.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
Personally, I think the School of Health Studies has a very unique approach to health. I was in the biological sciences program whose approach was very medical and microscopic. Whereas Health Studies focuses on a more holistic approach to health and considers the factors that influence the success or failure of a health system. Health Studies also exposes you to a variety of levels in which you could study health, for example, you could study health from an individual-level or a national-level or even at a global-level. Therefore, I truly believe that Health Studies exposes you to every aspect of health and allows you to choose which suits you best.