Hi my name is Lisa Huang, and starting Fall 2017, it will be my fifth year at the University of Manitoba. I will be finishing off my four year, cellular, molecular, developmental major degree. I love my time at the U of M too much, and decided to take my time with my degree. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, by two amazing parents who always worked long, hard shifts to support the family. My grandma and parents are truly an inspiration as they always encouraged us to strive for our best.
Why FoS at U of M?
My older cousins have all attended the University of Manitoba; 1 from Asper, and 3 from Engineering. The University of Manitoba was somewhere i just strive and was ecstatic to attend because of all my cousins who have graduated from there. I never looked into other universities because all i knew was that i didn’t want to become an engineer or an accountant and that i had to change the family route. Science has always sparked an interest back in high school, so i decided to stick with it and explore my options. With the goal being Medicine.
Your Major, why?
My Major is a four year cellular, molecular, developmental biology degree. I actually picked this degree in my third year because all the courses i have taken up to that point fitted well with this biology theme, and none of them wasted. Also, all my future courses (plant focused) that i was interested in would also fit perfectly within this degree. Lastly, the topic of development always fascinated me. The fusion of an egg and sperm and KA-POW a new organism!
I was inspired to do something in healthcare after receiving poor healthcare advice from my own family doctor. I was just referred drugs that didn’t help at all. It took one year before I was actually referred to a specialist because my skin was too irritating and the skin patches got worse. My dermatologist looked at my eczema and in five minutes I was out of there with the right cream that changed my life forever. My eczema was gone within a week, and I didn’t have to wear mitts to sleep anymore. I would definitely call that life changing especially at the age of 12. So now I want to become a paediatrician, or something that involves educating and helping kids, in order to make them feel the same way I felt after receiving the knowledge and care that one deserves.
What Stands out about your experience here? Other interests, clubs/groups you’ve joined, and volunteered for while here? Advice to future students?
Before attending the U of M, older students told us that we were just a number amongst a sea of other numbers. Student 1234567, and that was all we were, but through volunteering and jumping at new opportunities. You’ve become more than just a number, and the faculty, professors, and other students recognize who you are.
What stands out about my experience at the U of M is the fact that there are so many opportunities where we can get involved, meet new friends, and build a sense of community and belonging. I’ve always tried to stay involved throughout my education, and some of the awesome volunteering opportunities I’ve participated in are; volunteer with Student Life as an orientation leader, captain for Student Life for the training and recruitment of new volunteers, mentor new students with Student Life, LTS (Lets Talk Science), a student ambassador for Student Recruitment, the marketing team for UM-ULH (University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Leaders in Healthcare), the Special Events Director for the Science Students’ Association (SSA), and also a UMSU representative for the Science Students’ Association. Each volunteering experience was exhilarating in that; I have grown from each experience, made ever lastly friendships, become a better person, and it just made University more bearable. I’ve found passions and started initiates that made positive impacts on new students, current students, the faculty, university as a whole and even communities outside of the university. Sure studying 24/7 is an option, but putting yourself out there and actually getting involved is life changing and you learn that FoS has so much more to offer! Therefore, my advice to future students is that University is hard, but never give up. There are many students who share the same interests and possibly the same goals as you, and to find these people, you just have to open your mind and ears to the opportunities of volunteering to branch out to meet them. Once you find those people, this bumpy university path is less taunting because you have someone who understands the same struggles you are facing. Another skill you can learning from volunteering is time management. At the beginning of university, my time management skills were very poor, but volunteering has increased my time management skills because I’ve become more self aware on how much I can actually handle at one time. Also don’t be afraid to ask professors for help, and seeking student groups and opportunities with FoS through faculty associations like the Science Students’ Association, which is filled with hardworking and friendly students there to help you.