Program: Honours Specialization in Health Sciences
HSSA Role: Vice President of Communications
Fun Fact: Despite all the health benefits and recent fads, I HATE avocados.
Why did you want to be on HSSA?
I wanted to get involved within my own faculty. I tend to find between work, school, and a social life, students are left with limited time to explore their faculties, and participate in events that are not only fun, but connect you to so many people that could enable you to move forward in your career, after Western. I wanted to be part of the team that makes it easy for students to be involved, and provides a benefit to the students, that they might not get from just going to class and studying. I also love to socialize and meet new people, and what better way than through the HSSA?
What did you do this summer?
I didn't do many exciting things this summer. I stayed in good old London, Ontario and worked for TD Canada Trust. I tried to make the most of having a full-time job and not being able to travel by doing little things locally. A highlight of my summer was definitely doing a biking wine tour through Niagara-On-The-Lake. Highly recommended if you want to learn about the area and have an authentic and outrageous experience!
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved with?
Over my four years at Western, I have been a part of a number of clubs that have shaped my university experience. Alas, as you get older, your time gets more limited so this year, majority of my time is filled by the HSSA and The Dream Team. The Dream Team is the official Western University team representing the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southwestern Ontario. I am the Vice President of Communications for the Dream Team and I love fundraising for our wish child, because at the end of the year, we get to see all of our hard work in action so that makes it super rewarding! Other than that, I am on the Graduate Committee for the Class of 2016, Health Studies.
What or whom inspires you?
My parents inspire me. They will always inspire because of what they went through to get our family to Canada and to where we are now. There was a big war in Eastern Europe in the early 90's, which drove my parents to Canada with nothing to their name. Their story will always motivate me to keep working hard, and to appreciate all the opportunities I am given because life can change so quickly overnight. Otherwise, I would have to say that travelling is my biggest inspiration right now. At this age, we are still very young and have the world ahead of us, and that is something I definitely plan to take advantage of. I aspire to live in Europe, and that is where I will be heading in the future, after I graduate. I am a strong supporter of taking things slow, taking time to learn about the world and about yourself before you dive into more schooling or your career, so you know where you find me after Western University!
What is your fav HS course or prof and why?
I LOVED Physiology 2130 because Anita Woods made that course amazing! She is so passionate about physiology and the renal unit, that she actually made me love the kidneys…they are so underrated! In fact, I appreciated her excellent teaching so much; I joined the Kidney Club of Western and participated in the annual Kidney Walk! Wee nephrons!
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five/ten/twenty years?
As I mentioned above, I definitely see myself somewhere in Europe within the next 5 years. I particularly love Amsterdam, and could see myself living there in the near future. Other than that, I know I am interested in Health and Business, so a Master's program in business or marketing, within the health field, sounds appealing but I don't have any concrete plans right now. I want to take my time figuring things out and I am confident doors will continue to open for me as I go along.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
"Health is a complete state of physical, mental, and social…" just kidding! I do agree that health is a balance of all aspects of your life including you physical health, as well as your mental, social, occupational, spiritual, and emotional health. I like to give specific attention to each of those components whenever I can. Physically, I strive to choose healthy foods, to exercise regularly, play tennis, and continue to inform and educate myself on the matter of health. Emotionally and spiritually, I like to engage in activities that allow me to connect with others whether it be going out or just taking a day off to hang out with friends. I also like to engage in meditations and yoga to allow me to connect with myself, as it is important to continue to learn about yourself, and allow yourself to grow! It's a balancing act, I think some components will suffer as a result of trying to balance, but that's okay, as long as you give your body and mind the attention it is asking for when it asks, and never ignore it.
Do you have any advice for other Health Students?
If I had one piece of advice for, not only Health Studies students, but for all university students in general, it would be to take it slow. There is immense pressure on all students to graduate, to go to graduate school, to find a job, etc. If you think about it, once someone finds out you are in school, their first response is to ask you "what are your plans after?" I don't think you need to have everything mapped out at this age, because that adds even more pressure. I believe you should take every chapter of your life slowly, and enjoy all the moments and the challenges and rewards of that chapter. You have the rest of your life to work, and someone will hire you so do not panic!