Amanda - Biology

Science Ambassador

Amanda

Year: 4

Minor: Classical Studies, Medical Physiology, and Psychology

Stream of study: Regular

Career goal: Not sure! I know I want a career that'll allow me to continue working with vulnerable populations, learning about their unique needs, and advocating for marginalized groups within the health care sector. (i.e., I currently have no idea, but I'm working on it. We're all here for a reason, yeah?)

Favourite food: Soup. All soups. I love soup.

How I get involved: A lot of the extracurriculars I get involved with tend to focus on outreach, advocacy and ultimately, interacting with the community.

On campus, I spend a lot of time volunteering with the University of Waterloo's Women's Centre as coordinator, executive or general volunteer depending on the term, the Science Ambassador Team and Let's Talk Science.

Off campus, I volunteer at the SHORE Centre (formally Planned Parenthood), and at the local hospital in emergency department.

Why I love my program

The flexibility! Having the opportunity to gear my degree toward my preferred sub-disciplines of biology and elective space to develop my skills in other fields has been instrumental in developing an academically well-rounded education.

Why University of Waterloo?

So, fun fact: I actually accepted an offer to Western University's Medical Science program out of high school. I ended up transferring to the University of Waterloo at the end of my first year. There was nothing wrong with the program or the school; they're both amazing, but the environment just wasn't for me.

When I visited Waterloo, the campus just clicked with me; I knew I could see myself comfortable and fitting in here. The ambiance meshes really well with my personality and I haven't regretted my decision even for a second.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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