Current Academic Program: Master of Public Health (Social and Behavioural Health Sciences/Health Promotion), University of Toronto
Next Steps: Right now I am working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto in their Community Support and Research Unit. It has been a great experience and I hope to pursue more opportunities involving mental health, youth, community engagement, and empowerment!
Why I chose Western Health Sciences: A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is what you make of it. By this I mean that the program itself is one of the most flexible health oriented undergraduate programs available. You are able to uniquely shape your degree and your courses to suit your goals. I discovered that I was able to pursue a wide variety of interests within a very holistic model of health. I would not have known about (and now be pursuing a graduate degree in) the social models of health if it had not been for my first Health Sci class with Dr. Polzer! The Health Sciences program at Western opens you up to multiple ways of thinking about health and the flexibility to achieve individual goals.
How my Western Experience prepared me for the next steps in my career: The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Scholar’s Electives Program really helped me prepare for a graduate degree through challenging me academically, allowing me to discover my passions within the field of health, and by offering widely available supports and guidance for students.
My favourite Western memory: The Health Sciences Soph Team (you’ll meet them soon!), the beloved Dream Team, Student Government, and representing the school and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Singapore at an International Youth Volunteer Conference held by IAVE in 2011!
Best thing about being a student at Western: Purple Pride. Western may be a big school, but there is a community spirit and sense of belonging on campus that is like no other. The vibe on campus is truly special.
My advice to future Western students: Get involved and never underestimate yourself! Western offers opportunities not only academically, but also through the people you will meet. My fondest memories of Western involve the lifelong friends I've made and the accomplishments that have been achieved in the company of hard working and like minded people. Make the most out of your four years here – they go by fast!