To stress out less. Being a fourth year just at the brink of going into the real world and having to make very real decisions about what will happen in the subsequent years based on how I do in school now is, quite frankly, daunting. It is hard not to always be stressed but, what I often lose sight of is that, it also means I need to appreciate the time I have as an undergrad, put stress on the back burner for a bit, and part take in events in the school community that will make everlasting memories.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I have done a lot of volunteer work around my home community as well as in London for many years now. But currently I am volunteering at a long term care home and with the March of Dimes Organization.
What inspires you?
Honestly, the Health Studies program itself and my parents. Every Health Studies class I have entered always opens up new understandings, new opportunities and new aspirations for me. It is the reason I have had a hard time deciding what I want to do, every new class I enter I cannot help wanting to work/be a part of that field, to be helping people in yet another way! And a big part of my inspiration comes from my parents. They have taught me what perseverance and hard work means. Without them and their lessons I would not have been to achieve as much as I have today.
What is your favourite HS course or prof and why?
I have to say, hands down, Professor Irwin. I was in her Health Promotion class 2 years ago she was so inspiring and engaging, always bringing forth a hundred and ten percent. She would have a story for everything, it just made learning that much better.
What are your future career plans? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, twenty years?
The dream is to get a Masters degree in Public Health and work towards making Canada’s health care system more preventative opposed to curative. But life has a funny way of taking you in unexpected directions so as of now, I am going to stay open to all opportunities.
How do you define health? What do you do in your everyday life to stay healthy?
Health for me is over all well being including the physical aspect but also the mental aspect too. Every night after finishing classes, studying and every thing else I like to take ten minutes to myself just to breath and reflect on what I was able to accomplish that day.
Do you have any advice for other Health Studies students?
It sometimes feels like all the other students have everything figured out for their futures besides you, but it’s not always the case. So instead just focus on your own journey and it will come naturally.
What do you think makes the School of Health Studies stand out?
The community of Health Studies students is unlikely any other. Everyone is so willing to help out another classmate and look out for one another opposed to continually being in completion. It still surprises me to this day and it has been four years since I started here.