Program: Health Studies, Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Science
Fun Fact: One time a won a meat raffle ($20 worth of chicken!!)
What is your new year’s resolution?
To go on a big roller coaster this summer. If anyone is willing to help me achieve this goal let me know.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Recently, I have attended the MonWHO conference on non-communicable diseases, helped first year students transition into university as a Health Science Soph and I have been a part of volleyball and ultimate frisbee intramural teams (still no purple shirt yet L). In past years I have been an FHSSC Member-At-Large, Superfroph, part of the Western Investment Club, and an associate member with Best Buddies Western. As an upper year student, I really try to find a balance focusing on school while juggling the extracurricular activities I enjoy the most. I try my best to find new opportunities each year!
What inspires you?
People with a fire in them to make a difference. I have always idolized Elon Musk, for his creativity and boldness in trying to make the world a better place. On a less serious note, people who wake up at 5 am everyday – y’all are crazy, teach me your ways.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
Fav course: Anatomy 2300, understanding the anatomical body structures changed my life. Your body is your personal atlas!
Fav prof: Robert Solomon (Health Care Law 3101) – That guy is hilarious and I want to be him when I grow old.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
Ever since I was in high school I’ve always wanted to do physiotherapy. Although I can still see myself doing this, I am open to completing an MBA and potentially specialize in health management.
5 years: Who knows – probably still figuring things out
10 years: Being a dad (Hawaiian shirts, BBQ’s. and driving to soccer practise in a mini-van)
20 years: Swimming in the $$$$
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
I think to simplest way to view health is making the right lifestyle choices each and every day. What types of food you eat, how much exercise you get per day, and maintaining low stress levels are all examples of things that can be controlled by YOU. Long term, these factors add up to influence your health. It really comes down to balancing the physical, mental and social aspects of health to the best of your ability given your current situation. At school I try to dedicate at least 30 mins of walking every day. Not only is active transportation a good form of physical activity, but in this time I like to reflect, debrief and ponder while bumpin’ to some of my personal favourite tunes.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
Explore, experiment, and embrace being a student. Find what makes you tick and don’t look back. Don’t be afraid to take that one class, say ‘hi’ to that one person, and take advantage of all the opportunities around you. (Should I be a motivational speaker??). As for more specific advice for Health Studies students, don’t fret it if you haven’t quite figured out what career path you want to narrow in on. The very nature of this program is designed to help guide you into the module you desire, which will point you in the right direction. This is why I can’t stress enough to take any health science class that may interest you - it may give you that ‘eureka!’ moment, or it may help you decide what you aren’t interested in. Either way, it’s beneficial to your educational experience.
Also: Asiago sourdough bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese from the Spoke – try it.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
I think we have so many options as Health Studies students, with a wide variety of possible career paths to take. I’ve always looked at as our program as one that provides you with a lot of leeway to tinker with your undergrad degree. The word ‘dynamic’ always comes to mind when trying to describe Health Studies. I’ll give you an example of this in my 3701B Aging Body class. This year, Dr. Zecevic reorganized the syllabus to allow students to really engage with the content. No midterm or final, but a class project in the form of an aging simulation. Cool, huh? Health Studies is a degree that is always trying to be unique and stand out, which is why I am proud to be a part of it.
Know of any food hacks? Or a fun fact?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s longest pee is 508 seconds long (8 minutes, 28 seconds).