Fun Fact: I used to go to trampoline camp every year as a kid.
What is your new year resolution?
My new year’s resolution was to not buy food on campus, for two reasons: 1) It makes you poor and 2) It makes you fat. It has been going well for the most part, but working at the Spoke makes it difficult to resist at times.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I’m on the University Bureau for the Canadian Cancer Society, I volunteer through the REP and VIP programs for Western International, I write for the Apple which is the health studiess newsletter, and I’m a news intern at the Gazette.
What inspires you?
I feel inspired when I meet young people from diverse backgrounds, who use their different skill sets and talents to improve the world around them. It inspires me to use my unique strengths to do good in the areas that I have control over. Sometimes it might that your individual actions have little influence on society; however, change occurs through the constant duplication of these actions in each different area of society, from law, engineering, healthcare, business, to the arts. Society is holistic, and progression in one area can influence progression in another.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
Ageing and Health is a course that stands out for me, because it was unlike any university course I’ve taken. The only way I can describe it is that it tried to teach you about life and the phases and changes that people experience throughout theirs. I think it was very beneficial for me to take, because as a 19 year-old my perspective was narrow. I’m sure my perspective is still extremely narrow compared to someone who has lived twice as long as I have, however that course allowed to me begin to recognize different perspectives.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
I would love to spend the majority of my career abroad. I don’t even care where, because anywhere you go will be a unique learning experience. My goal is to be a medical/health journalist; that is basically a journalist with a focus on health issues, who has the ability to understand and convey medical research to the general public. I hope to develop a strong career in this field in 10 years, but I can’t answer for where I’ll be in 20 years. Life moves too fast these days to allow us to predict where we will end up.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
For me, health is an overarching concept that I am always striving towards. There is physical, mental, spiritual, and social health, all of which are interconnected. I have this view of a healthy mind and body, with fulfilling relationships and creativity interwoven.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
While you’re doing your undergrad, try to get out into the real world. It’s important to figure out what you like and don’t like before you leave, because it allows you to focus your efforts on a career that will bring you fulfillment.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
I think our school stands out due to the very holistic understanding that it gives us towards health. Throughout my undergrad, I’ve taken health sci courses with a focus on biology, ethics, law, sociology and history. This has given me a broad understanding on how health is influenced on a multifactorial level, and this skill of bridging varying factors can be applied not only to health but to wider society.
Know of any food hacks? Or a fun fact?
If you just want to eat because you’re bored, but you’re not actually hungry, make a bowl of popcorn and eat it with chopsticks. Popcorn is very low calorie, and using chopsticks makes it take twice as long to eat.