Cody - Biology

Science Ambassador

Cody smiling and posing with a toy red snakeYear: 4

Stream of study: Regular

Specialization: Microbiology

Career goal: Clinical Microbiology/Public Health Microbiology

Favourite food: Curry

How I get involved: Before being a part of Science Ambassadors, I was a member of the Campus Response Team, before going on my exchange to Japan for Fall 2017. In addition, I've been a part of Science Orientation Week for 4 years, and was a Coordinator for O-Week 2018.

Why I love my program

I've always loved biology and public health, so majoring in it was never even a question for me. I wasn't sure what I wanted from biology, but I knew that the program had a lot of specializations, from genetics, to environmental biology, so I knew I'd figure it out along the way. Biology (regular) at UWaterloo gives me a lot of flexibility to pursue my major, and also allows me to take courses that aren't related to my field of study. In my case, I took Japanese language classes for the first three years of university, where I met some of my best friends on campus. Not being in Co-op also allowed me to go on exchange to Kyoto University during the Fall 2017 term, which had been a longtime goal of mine even before coming to university. Ultimately, biology allowed me the flexibility to figure out what I wanted to pursue while also allowing me the freedom to take electives that interest me.

Why University of Waterloo?

Coming out of my cage (High School), I had two potential options for universities - it was either OttawaU or UWaterloo. I'm from Ottawa, and as much as I love the city and the people in it, I wanted to have the experience of going away for university, to be independent and move out. It was difficult at first, as it was my first time away from home for a long period of time, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Getting involved on campus has allowed me to meet new people and make connections with other students that I wouldn't have been able to connect with before. There's a lot that I love about UWaterloo, but nothing beats kicking back with my friends all across campus.

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