It means having good grades, but it involves so much more. Getting the most out of your university experience, taking advantage of options like research opportunities with scientists, co-op programs, exchange programs and volunteering your time with different organizations on campus.
As Melissa advises, make the most out of your time here.
Melissa Bailey, winner of the 2010 Rhodes Scholarship, National Co-op Student of the year and a Let's Talk Science coordinator says, "ACADEMICS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT… It's just as important to challenge yourself physically, creatively and intellectually. Be involved in the greater community; work, volunteer, share your love for science/history/art etc., and travel.
Outside of her busy schedule as an aerial dancer and a full-time co-op student, she shared her love of science through the Let's Talk Science program, working with youth in the province.
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"THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Go against the norm. At university it is very easy to become comfortable and fall into the same pattern as everyone else. Remember, an undergrad is only 3-4 years of your life so make the most out of it, and take courses that will challenge and inspire you. In the end, they will only make you a better student."
Under David's leadership, LTS saw an increase in both VOLUNTEERS and OUTREACH ACTIVITIES including the first All Science Challenge run at the University of Manitoba, involving 30 youth from from grades 6,7, and 8 from Manitoba schools. He made concerted efforts to encourage and support volunteers to bring science enrichment activities to students who might not otherwises have these opportunities, creating partnerships with the Boys' and Girls' clubs, Rossbrook House and the Aboriginal Headstart Biomedical Youth Program.
For his trailblazing efforts, David won the Let's Talk Science National Site Coordinator award. As David says: “WE ARE A TEAM WITH A LOT OF HEART.”
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As a high school student, Jacqueline Richelle was scouted by a MODELLING AGENCY and even did a two-month overseas modelling stint. However, she wanted to keep her options open, and took her physics textbook with her so that she could write her exams when she returned home. Jacqueline finally decided to pursue a university-related career: “I did well in school, and I wanted to make use of that potential. In the long term, I decided it would be more fulfilling to have a science-related career. Modeling was more for fun than for a career.”
Jacqueline chose the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba because of the WIDE RANGE OF AVAILABLE OPTIONS. As an undergraduate, working in Dr. Judy Anderson's lab, the opportunity for international travel came her way again. This time sharing the technique perfected in Anderson's lab with groups of internationa researchers.
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