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NSA Election Candidates

President

Abdallah Alwan

I am a second year neuroscience student at UofA and I have been heavily involved in the neuroscience community. Whether I am helping my peers academically or just giving general advice I take comfort in knowing that they can count on me for assistance. I am particularly active with encouraging high school students to pursue their academic dreams and provide them with personal experience and advice about their future. I lead by example and try to strike a work-life balance by setting time aside for personal well being and time for friends and family. I will promote work-life balance in the neuroscience community by holding weekly game nights or study sessions on the discord. If given the opportunity for an executive position in the NSA I would bring all of my experience and expertise to not only continue the legacy of the NSA but to amplify it. I would like to have more opportunities for neuroscience undergrads to interact with each other given the current world circumstances. Moreover, bringing more opportunities to undergrads to get involved with research. My platform boils down to: trying to instill work-life balance, more interactive nights, and more research opportunities to the undergrad neuroscience community. Hopefully this summary also showcases some of my personal strengths as a leader.

Christian Royce

Hello! My name is Christian Royce and I am running to be President of the NSA for 2021/2022. Now in my third year, I served as VP Fundraising last year, and as VP External this year. Through my extended experience with the NSA, and in leadership roles with Week of Welcome and Youreka Edmonton, I have developed the expertise necessary to expand our club’s aims in the role of president. This year, I co-founded Neuroscience For All, an NSA tutoring program that connects undergraduate students with upper-year neuroscience students to help them succeed. With an uncertain year ahead, I plan on expanding the reach of NFA, increasing social events to help neuroscience students in all four years stay connected, emphasizing mental health, and increasing resources pertaining to thorough involvement in our program. Presently, I am organizing the Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference to be hosted at the U of A, which I would also aim to host for the summer of 2022. Additionally, I would revitalize the Clinical Neuroscience Shadowing Platform, an initiative started in 2017 that allows undergraduate neuroscience students the opportunity to shadow professionals in fields such as neurosurgery and neurophysiology. I believe that a program as small and special as ours should not only stand out for the pursuit of academic excellence and a positive presence on campus, but also by the way we support one another through the hardest of times. I thank you for your consideration in voting for me to accomplish this, and more, as president.

Kayle Lowe

Hi everyone! My name is Kayle and I’m a third-year neuro student. I’ve been involved with the NSA
previously, as both an executive and subcommittee member, and I’m excited at the prospect of
rejoining the executive team! As president, I would continue to support the executive team and
create more distinct roles within each subcommittee. Specifically, I would create defined roles that promote involvement but are flexible to accommodate for your schedules. Additionally, I would aim towards creating a database for students to access previous syllabi and historical grade distributions. Though many of these items are available online, it is more convenient to have all the information for our required courses compiled in one trustworthy location. We would also aim to keep these resources recent, in order to maintain as much accuracy as possible. As VP of social and grad, I would plan for an event that commemorates the aspects of university that we have come to cherish, hate, and miss. Being that I am also a member of this graduating class, I would give each individual an opportunity to contribute what they will distinctly remember about their years in neuroscience and incorporate them into celebrations either at home or in person. If at home, I would aim at sending out packages to encapsulate an in-person experience to an extent. In terms of events, online activity-based events (i.e. gardening, painting) led by members of our community would be a great way to promote life outside school and explore hobbies.

Mehul Pal

Hey neuroscience students! My name’s Mehul – I’m your current VP Finance and Operations and I hope to be going into my fourth year as your next NSA president! Since last March, I’ve worked alongside the other execs to deliver the promises I made to you when you elected me: increased transparency with a readily available budget and meeting minutes, financial support for research and networking events despite the current circumstances, and direct input on NSA affairs via discord, to name a few. But let’s not keep the focus on what I’ve done, but instead on what I can do for YOU in the upcoming year. In addition to my previous promises, I’ll work for even more academic events including an increased emphasis on future careers, especially when it comes to medical and graduate school. I hope to provide increased support for student research opportunities, better communication about our degree and its requirements across years, as well as make our first and second year schedules more student-oriented and neuroscience-focused. Through my time as your VP Finance/Ops I’ve also gotten to work closely with all the NSA execs – experience that I’d love to bring to the table with our new set of executives. Lastly, I want to mention how thanks to your support, I’ve gotten to meet and interact with so many neuroscience students from all years and make new friends; this is something I’ll always cherish regardless of the election results. Looking forward to your vote on election day!

VP Academic

Brett Robbins

My name is Brett Robbins, and I am a second-year student in the Neuroscience Honours program. As Vice President Academic, I would like to maintain many of the NSA traditions. In addition, I would like to introduce NEO (Neuroscience Exclusive Opportunity). As a first-year undergrad, I set my sights on surgery – but how can I choose a path without ever stepping in the operating room (OR)? Instead of waiting until medical school, I reached out to Alberta Health Services asking questions, seeking opportunities and eventually making critical contacts. I persisted and despite the current restrictions due to COVID-19, I spent over forty hours inside the OR shadowing several different surgeons from a variety of surgical specialties including neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and trauma surgery. Last summer, I researched nerve regeneration at the University of Alberta and assisted with surgical research on rodents. Pursuing additional contacts, I secured a position for this summer researching Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery under the supervision of a neurosurgeon who is also the co-director of the Gamma Knife program at the University of Alberta hospital. Shadowing in the OR provided me with a more thorough understanding of my professional goals. Using my current contacts, I plan to develop a shadowing opportunity exclusive to neuroscience students. I want this program to expand beyond surgery and include other medical specialties (e.g., cardiologist). In an application-based process, I intend to provide a similar experience for a select few, chosen by a committee. I look forward to your support.

Janelle Trombley

My name is Janelle Trombley and I am hoping to be re-elected as VP Recruitment or VP Academic. I am entering my fourth year of neuroscience this fall and I have experience both as your current VP Recruitment for the NSA and as a volunteer with the Brain Awareness Movement and Brain Waves programs on campus where we teach individuals about neuroscience. This has given me excellent experience and knowledge in explaining what neuroscience is and in inspiring prospective students to consider neuroscience as a career. I personally love both neuroscience and teaching others so I would love the opportunity to continue speaking with potential students about all of the interesting topics that they could pursue in our program. I will make sure that every student interested in neuroscience is given detailed information about not only what to expect in our undergraduate program and how it differs from related programs like psychology, but also what careers are possible with a neuroscience degree. I recognize the large workload that comes along with our program and will ensure potential students get the information they need to make a smooth transition into the neuroscience program by giving them tips and advice on how to be successful. I know how difficult it can be to decide on an undergraduate program but by training knowledgeable volunteers and creating informative presentations that can be delivered online or in-person, I can help prospective students understand all of the interesting opportunities our program has to offer and make their transition into university an easy one.

VP Internal

Abdi Ali

Hello, my name’s Abdinasir (Abdi) Ali, and I’m a third year neuroscience student. As a Vice President Internal, I will ensure to make it so that I can effectively record meeting minutes send out communications to ensure engagement and participation for NSA events. I was apart of the subcommittee for Recruitment, Fundraising and the social and grad committee. I felt that these role were harder to preform given the online environment, which is why I chose to run for Vp Internal, to ensure a more online integrated form of communications incorporating the use of instagram, discord, Facebook, etc. Communication may be challenging considering that everything online and everyones dealing with their own individual lives, but I hope I can make the transition as smooth as possible. I felt that I lacked the knowledge that a lot of the NSA events were occurring and I want to ensure a more effective way so that individuals are more equipped with all of the events hosted by NSA. One other thing to note with the NSA discord is regarding the classes present in the discord, which are limited to only a few of them shown on there. If elected, I hope to ensure that all of the classes, especially the required classes that neuroscience students take will be on that discord as a better way of communicating with other students in the program. I apologize for the length of the abstract.

Akshit Ayri

With my first year of university coming to an end, I could never have imagined going from an AP-student superiority complex to realizing the true virtue of learning and listening. I was able to establish many connections with Neuroscience first years through being the first-year representative, and the discord. Learning the value of teamwork with some of my extracurriculars and NSA was a vital experience. I realized working as a team does not have to be so formal and strict. Rather, what NSA taught me is coming together as a team is a form of untethering from the burdens of daily life. It’s a time where members are unmoored in time and space, and focus on a general outcome. The quality of having this type of effective teamwork was a precious experience. Unfortunately, most first year’s faced harsh times with their mental health this year. Being in a proactive space like the NSA gave me the motivation to start a tutoring initiative for students having these difficulties. Given next semester may potentially be online, I would like to remain surrounded by NSA to gauge the tutoring initiative and prepare for it before the incoming semester. Running for VP Internal or Communications would fulfill this, as I would work to be a team member that actively knows what is going on, and can maneuver the tutoring initiative while NSA plans out its monthly plans. (That’s without mentioning, I have a 95 wpm score so meeting-minutes wouldn’t be an issue ;).

Owen Alexander

Whether it be in the classroom, on the soccer field, or in my personal life, I treat each moment as an opportunity to improve my character, to strive for my goals, and to help make the lives of others better. I’ve demonstrated many of the skills necessary to serve the NSA and the UofA student body while excelling academically, athletically, and personally. Last semester I was involved in the NSA communications subcommittee and achieved a 4.0 gpa. I’ve exemplified student leadership and academic excellence as a high school valedictorian, representing the fellow graduates of my school and giving the valedictorian speech to my classmates during this time of uncertainty; athletically, I helped lead my varsity soccer team to its first ever high school championship, and being one of the senior players on that roster I collaborated closely with the coach in exercising a level of mentorship and leadership which translated into tremendous team improvement throughout the season. My time spent refereeing youth soccer has been an invaluable experience in time management, conflict resolution, and communication, and my responsibilities of enforcing the laws of the game and managing the actions and attitudes of the players, coaches, and parents required leadership in upholding sportsmanship and discipline in becoming a competent referee; to become competent I had to go above and beyond minimum expectations and see my role as more than just a title – I saw it as an opportunity to give back to the soccer community I grew up playing in.

VP External

Owen Alexander

Whether it be in the classroom, on the soccer field, or in my personal life, I treat each moment as an opportunity to improve my character, to strive for my goals, and to help make the lives of others better. I’ve demonstrated many of the skills necessary to serve the NSA and the UofA student body while excelling academically, athletically, and personally. Last semester I was involved in the NSA communications subcommittee and achieved a 4.0 gpa. I’ve exemplified student leadership and academic excellence as a high school valedictorian, representing the fellow graduates of my school and giving the valedictorian speech to my classmates during this time of uncertainty; athletically, I helped lead my varsity soccer team to its first ever high school championship, and being one of the senior players on that roster I collaborated closely with the coach in exercising a level of mentorship and leadership which translated into tremendous team improvement throughout the season. My time spent refereeing youth soccer has been an invaluable experience in time management, conflict resolution, and communication, and my responsibilities of enforcing the laws of the game and managing the actions and attitudes of the players, coaches, and parents required leadership in upholding sportsmanship and discipline in becoming a competent referee; to become competent I had to go above and beyond minimum expectations and see my role as more than just a title – I saw it as an opportunity to give back to the soccer community I grew up playing in.

Rose Toussi

What do I, a first year student, have in common with Karl Marx and Rilke? Arguably, if you were to look at me head on the answer would be ‘not much,’ as I do not resemble a grainy, frowning, middle aged man with facial hair. But, what me and these men have in common is their creativity and spark that has made them stand out in a world of billions. As Karl says, I believe it’s important to “surround yourself with people who make you happy (…) who help you when in need.” I feel that this applies perfectly to my experiences as a first year. As External Dir. for MS Student Society, I maintained communication with different MS labs and established an annual 5k fellowship for Neuroscience graduates. Through this, I learned the importance of group attitude in achieving goals- even one negative person who does not value charity can affect the atmosphere and accomplishments. Past my love for union, I believe (as Rilke says) “no feeling is final.” What do I mean by this? I have been rejected by many jobs and positions – but in the end I achieved enough success to feel proud of myself- because I did not give up! Working with MSSS and working part-time as a Recreation Aide, I’ve learned resilience is more important in learning and establishing long-term projects/goals. Whether it’s fundraising, a Canada-wide MS coffee meet, or a small group gathering- what matters is you do it better the second time around.

VP Finance

Sarah Saju

Hello,
My name is Sarah Saju and I am currently a second year neuroscience student running for the position of Vice-President Finance. My main objective in managing financial affairs is attaining simplicity while maintaining comprehensiveness. I hope to create an environment where everyone can understand fiscal matters extensively, thereby allowing a united vision on how to fulfill goals and what is possible. In my previous experience in planning events and running clubs, what I have consistently encountered is a disconnect between the individual(s) managing the finance and everyone else involved in the process. Two parties with the same goal in mind are separated by what is envisioned and what is financially viable. Often ideas that are put forth are set into motion purely based on if the budgeter deems it to be economically feasible. I hope to bridge this gap by creating a budget based off goals and targets of both current and previous NSA members, thereby forming a financial account that engages beyond a purely budgetary standpoint. Additionally, by increasing overall financial literacy and making the monetary resources available clear and is coherent to all at any point in the year, I want to establish a solid foundation on which discussions about NSA plans can be built on. Thereby financials can become something actively thought of in discussions instead of only being considered after ideas are formulated. Ultimately, my goal is to make finance less daunting by making the state of financial affairs easily accessible and understandable to all.

Sukhmani Kaur Saggu

Hello everybody! My name is Sukhmani Kaur Saggu. I’m running to be VP Finance, and VP Social and Grad. I will be going into my third-year of neuroscience next fall. As an NSA executive, I will endeavor to create a stronger community within the students and faculty of the neuroscience program. I will do my utmost to strengthen the NSA as a salient organization on the university-wide platform. As the Business Administrator at the Gateway, I have ample experience in documenting the finances of an organization. Throughout the years, I have organized, managed, and led a plethora of events that advocated for varied causes, including UNICEF, BAM, CASUA, Helping Hampers, etc. I also organized several Art Exhibitions and my HS graduation at the Jubilee Auditorium. If elected as the VP Social and Grad, in the post-COVID year of 2021-22 I hope to collaborate with other COSSA associations to organize graduation events that parallel the efforts that science students have made in their studies. As the VP of Finance, I would aim to make our financial decisions and documents more accessible to the public. I aim to bring accountability, an essential aspect of financial management, to the NSA’s finances. I pride myself on being open to new ideas – no matter how big or small. I hope you give me the honor of electing me as an NSA executive for the 2021/22 year! I won’t let you down.

VP Social and Grad

Christian Royce

Hello! My name is Christian Royce and I am running to be President of the NSA for 2021/2022. Now in my third year, I served as VP Fundraising last year, and as VP External this year. Through my extended experience with the NSA, and in leadership roles with Week of Welcome and Youreka Edmonton, I have developed the expertise necessary to expand our club’s aims in the role of president. This year, I co-founded Neuroscience For All, an NSA tutoring program that connects undergraduate students with upper-year neuroscience students to help them succeed. With an uncertain year ahead, I plan on expanding the reach of NFA, increasing social events to help neuroscience students in all four years stay connected, emphasizing mental health, and increasing resources pertaining to thorough involvement in our program. Presently, I am organizing the Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference to be hosted at the U of A, which I would also aim to host for the summer of 2022. Additionally, I would revitalize the Clinical Neuroscience Shadowing Platform, an initiative started in 2017 that allows undergraduate neuroscience students the opportunity to shadow professionals in fields such as neurosurgery and neurophysiology. I believe that a program as small and special as ours should not only stand out for the pursuit of academic excellence and a positive presence on campus, but also by the way we support one another through the hardest of times. I thank you for your consideration in voting for me to accomplish this, and more, as president.

Jenny Sun

Hello neuroscience students! My name is Jenny, and I am the current VP Social and Grad for the NSA. Throughout the past year we’ve all had to learn to adapt to online school/clubs which made it harder to foster a sense of community. To combat this, I’ve held various Game Nights, a mixer with the BCSA, and am also planning a celebration/memento for the graduating class this year. I am very open to feedback and encourage anyone to reach out with suggestions for events/merch. This year I will be rerunning for VP Social as well as running for VP Fundraising. I believe these two roles overlap somewhat, so I would not mind taking one or the other. My goal for VP Social is to increase the NSA’s accessibility through office hours, as well as create a more inclusive environment for feedback through anonymous interest polls and event feedback surveys. I understand that many of you are busy, so I wish to hold events that are more aligned/relevant to your interests. The events I hold will be influenced by the student population. For VP Fundraising, my goal will be to incorporate extra fundraising events (aside from our merch sales) such as auctions and food sales. I have acquired experience holding fundraising events and gathering connections/sponsorships from my role as VP External in the Stollery Youth Committee. I also plan to create more volunteer opportunities through these fundraisers. Thank you, and I hope you will consider me.

Kayle Lowe

Hi everyone! My name is Kayle and I’m a third-year neuro student. I’ve been involved with the NSA previously, as both an executive and subcommittee member, and I’m excited at the prospect of rejoining the executive team! As president, I would continue to support the executive team and create more distinct roles within each subcommittee. Specifically, I would create defined roles that promote involvement but are flexible to accommodate for your schedules. Additionally, I would aim towards creating a database for students to access previous syllabi and historical grade distributions. Though many of these items are available online, it is more convenient to have all the information for our required courses compiled in one trustworthy location. We would also aim to keep these resources recent, in order to maintain as much accuracy as possible. As VP of social and grad, I would plan for an event that commemorates the aspects of university that we have come to cherish, hate, and miss. Being that I am also a member of this graduating class, I would give each individual an opportunity to contribute what they will distinctly remember about their years in neuroscience and incorporate them into celebrations either at home or in person. If at home, I would aim at sending out packages to encapsulate an in-person experience to an extent. In terms of events, online activity-based events (i.e. gardening, painting) led by members of our community would be a great way to promote life outside school and explore hobbies.

Sukhmani Kaur Saggu

Hello everybody! My name is Sukhmani Kaur Saggu. I’m running to be VP Finance, and VP Social and Grad. I will be going into my third-year of neuroscience next fall. As an NSA executive, I will endeavor to create a stronger community within the students and faculty of the neuroscience program. I will do my utmost to strengthen the NSA as a salient organization on the university-wide platform. As the Business Administrator at the Gateway, I have ample experience in documenting the finances of an organization. Throughout the years, I have organized, managed, and led a plethora of events that advocated for varied causes, including UNICEF, BAM, CASUA, Helping Hampers, etc. I also organized several Art Exhibitions and my HS graduation at the Jubilee Auditorium. If elected as the VP Social and Grad, in the post-COVID year of 2021-22 I hope to collaborate with other COSSA associations to organize graduation events that parallel the efforts that science students have made in their studies. As the VP of Finance, I would aim to make our financial decisions and documents more accessible to the public. I aim to bring accountability, an essential aspect of financial management, to the NSA’s finances. I pride myself on being open to new ideas – no matter how big or small. I hope you give me the honor of electing me as an NSA executive for the 2021/22 year! I won’t let you down.

VP Fundraising

Jenny Sun

Hello neuroscience students! My name is Jenny, and I am the current VP Social and Grad for the NSA. Throughout the past year we’ve all had to learn to adapt to online school/clubs which made it harder to foster a sense of community. To combat this, I’ve held various Game Nights, a mixer with the BCSA, and am also planning a celebration/memento for the graduating class this year. I am very open to feedback and encourage anyone to reach out with suggestions for events/merch. This year I will be rerunning for VP Social as well as running for VP Fundraising. I believe these two roles overlap somewhat, so I would not mind taking one or the other. My goal for VP Social is to increase the NSA’s accessibility through office hours, as well as create a more inclusive environment for feedback through anonymous interest polls and event feedback surveys. I understand that many of you are busy, so I wish to hold events that are more aligned/relevant to your interests. The events I hold will be influenced by the student population. For VP Fundraising, my goal will be to incorporate extra fundraising events (aside from our merch sales) such as auctions and food sales. I have acquired experience holding fundraising events and gathering connections/sponsorships from my role as VP External in the Stollery Youth Committee. I also plan to create more volunteer opportunities through these fundraisers. Thank you, and I hope you will consider me.

VP Communications

Akshit Ayri

With my first year of university coming to an end, I could never have imagined going from an AP-student superiority complex to realizing the true virtue of learning and listening. I was able to establish many connections with Neuroscience first years through being the first-year representative, and the discord. Learning the value of teamwork with some of my extracurriculars and NSA was a vital experience. I realized working as a team does not have to be so formal and strict. Rather, what NSA taught me is coming together as a team is a form of untethering from the burdens of daily life. It’s a time where members are unmoored in time and space, and focus on a general outcome. The quality of having this type of effective teamwork was a precious experience. Unfortunately, most first year’s faced harsh times with their mental health this year. Being in a proactive space like the NSA gave me the motivation to start a tutoring initiative for students having these difficulties. Given next semester may potentially be online, I would like to remain surrounded by NSA to gauge the tutoring initiative and prepare for it before the incoming semester. Running for VP Internal or Communications would fulfill this, as I would work to be a team member that actively knows what is going on, and can maneuver the tutoring initiative while NSA plans out its monthly plans. (That’s without mentioning, I have a 95 wpm score so meeting-minutes wouldn’t be an issue ;).

Peter Choi

Hi everyone! My name is Peter, and I am your current VP Fundraising for the NSA. Going into my fourth year in the fall, I hope to be your VP Communications. With my experience as VP Communications for a different student organization called VIDA U of A, I am confident that the skills I learned from this role will allow me to easily transition into this position for the NSA. The three components of my platform include targeting stress, research opportunities, and creating a socializable environment. Firstly, I understand how stressful and mentally draining your studies can be, and to target this, I will create a list of easier, manageable electives that students can access and select their courses from. This will help in reducing the stress of online academics, and especially from the more challenging, mandatory courses. With this, you will be able to understand each course’s objectives and get to know the professors as well, allowing you to gain further insight on your future workload. Secondly, I know that it can be just as daunting to find a professor for your research studies. Thus, in addition to the elective course list, I will compile a list of professors who are eager to work with undergraduate students, and descriptions of their research field. This platform will be helpful to those of you who are looking for research opportunities, and make the process of finding a professor easier for you. Finally, due to current circumstances, it has been very difficult for students to socialize with one another. I believe that a subreddit can increase participation from the UofA neuroscience community. With this, we can build and create a more tight-knit community within our program. Thank you so much for tuning in and I hope to get your vote on election day!

Zoë Van Klinken

Hi! My name is Zoë. I am in my third year of a degree in neuroscience, and I am excited to be running for the NSA VP Communications! During my time as a member of the NSA communications subcommittee, and through my various work and volunteer experiences on campus, I have gained valuable skills that I hope to apply in giving back to my program. As your next VP Communications, I will work hard in collaboration with my subcommittee to ensure that students receive timely and consistent updates through the NSA monthly newsletter, website, and social media platforms. I will also ensure that resources such as course reviews are updated and easy to access. By enhancing the NSA’s collaboration with other student groups, I plan to broaden the NSA’s impact on campus and provide meaningful networking opportunities for students. Lastly, I will continue to build on projects such as Humans of Neuroscience, to foster inclusivity and showcase the diversity that enriches our wonderful program. I look forward to working with other members of the NSA to continue supporting you and all my fellow neuroscience students!

VP Recruitment

Janelle Trombley

My name is Janelle Trombley and I am hoping to be re-elected as VP Recruitment or VP Academic. I am entering my fourth year of neuroscience this fall and I have experience both as your current VP Recruitment for the NSA and as a volunteer with the Brain Awareness Movement and Brain Waves programs on campus where we teach individuals about neuroscience. This has given me excellent experience and knowledge in explaining what neuroscience is and in inspiring prospective students to consider neuroscience as a career. I personally love both neuroscience and teaching others so I would love the opportunity to continue speaking with potential students about all of the interesting topics that they could pursue in our program. I will make sure that every student interested in neuroscience is given detailed information about not only what to expect in our undergraduate program and how it differs from related programs like psychology, but also what careers are possible with a neuroscience degree. I recognize the large workload that comes along with our program and will ensure potential students get the information they need to make a smooth transition into the neuroscience program by giving them tips and advice on how to be successful. I know how difficult it can be to decide on an undergraduate program but by training knowledgeable volunteers and creating informative presentations that can be delivered online or in-person, I can help prospective students understand all of the interesting opportunities our program has to offer and make their transition into university an easy one.

Rose Toussi

What do I, a first year student, have in common with Karl Marx and Rilke? Arguably, if you were to look at me head on the answer would be ‘not much,’ as I do not resemble a grainy, frowning, middle aged man with facial hair. But, what me and these men have in common is their creativity and spark that has made them stand out in a world of billions. As Karl says, I believe it’s important to “surround yourself with people who make you happy (…) who help you when in need.” I feel that this applies perfectly to my experiences as a first year. As External Dir. for MS Student Society, I maintained communication with different MS labs and established an annual 5k fellowship for Neuroscience graduates. Through this, I learned the importance of group attitude in achieving goals- even one negative person who does not value charity can affect the atmosphere and accomplishments. Past my love for union, I believe (as Rilke says) “no feeling is final.” What do I mean by this? I have been rejected by many jobs and positions – but in the end I achieved enough success to feel proud of myself- because I did not give up! Working with MSSS and working part-time as a Recreation Aide, I’ve learned resilience is more important in learning and establishing long-term projects/goals. Whether it’s fundraising, a Canada-wide MS coffee meet, or a small group gathering- what matters is you do it better the second time around.

We offer a lot of resources such as information on academic requirements, course reviews done by other neuro students, and admissions information for prospective students. Make sure to also keep up with the volunteer and research opportunities and any other events that we have going on virtually or on campus!

Don’t forget to check out your current NSA team and learn more about your peers through the Humans of Neuroscience interviews!


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