Followers of Renison's Instagram account may recognize Adema Tursunkhanova, one of Renison's newest students and a varsity tennis player at the University of Waterloo. The Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) student, who will be pursuing Kinesiology at Waterloo, is also living at Renison on Oasis as part of the Waterloo Athletics Learning Community (WALC).
Originally from Kazakhstan, Adema started playing tennis when she was just 6 years old, and has travelled more than most people her age. Much of her childhood was spent travelling for tennis, mainly within Kazakhstan, but also in Russia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Her first impressions of Canada have been good, saying that the people in Canada are very kind, and the streets clean. When asked why she chose Waterloo, Adema commented that Canada provides the best opportunities for international students, and that co-op was a particularly attractive option offered at Waterloo - plus they had a tennis team.
Now that she's been named Player #1 for tennis at Waterloo, Adema maintains a hectic practice schedule, and participates in BASE activities including the Conversation Partner Program. The popular program pairs international students with a partner who will help them practice speaking English, and helps students build community connections. She also recognizes that her role as a tennis player has changed - she commented that she takes the responsibility of representing Waterloo on the court seriously. Used to playing on her own, the team environment is one that Adema has embraced - both on and off the field.
Next up for Adema is a degree in Kinesiology and a career in medicine. Before coming to Canada, she spent time volunteering in hospices, working with children battling cancer, and plans to find volunteer opportunities here too - once her schedule slows down. Ultimately, Adema plans on a career as a surgeon, replacing her racket with a scalpel and helping make the world a better place.