Leeza (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
I chose Western Health Science because of how broad the program is in terms of future paths. I wasn’t sure on what I specifically wanted to do with my undergraduate degree and this program helped me explore different aspects of health through implementing both the social and science aspects of health equally. Western also has a very strong social community which was something I was looking forward to as a way to encourage me to get out of my more comfort zone! Overall Western matched up to my expectations.
Do you have any lingering thoughts or regrets in your year as a whole (ex; application process, mistakes going into first year). If so, describe them.
During my application process I definitely regret not exploring other options. This includes other undergraduate degrees I may want to pursue. I would’ve definitely been more open minded to more non traditional career paths. As mentioned, I’m still unsure on what I want to pursue so I do think about my future a lot . I’m constantly wondering if health science is something I want to commit to or even if the traditional schooling route is for me which makes me go crazy !!
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
The most challenging mandatory course for health science would be general biology however, course material can be more digestible with different professors. Other than that, social/ personal determinants of health are super easy! Also, the course gradings and professors are pretty fair.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
Even for a more introverted person like me ,there are so many opportunities to make friends! Personally, I made most of my core friends during O-week where I would attend concerts and parties. For less outgoing people, I would recommend going to these events especially because everyone is trying to get to know each other and are more open to new people ( just makes it easier! ). However, Western is super social and there are literally parties and clubs to go to everyday, which will provide the same opportunities if you put yourself out there!
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The best part of first year was getting to meet some of my closest friends and literally living with them. However, it does become boring living in London without a car because there are very limited things near campus.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Keep up with everyday lectures and notes
Exercise ( refresh your mind )
Proper mindset ( drive to do well and seek help when needed)
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
Keep a balanced lifestyle (social life and academics)
Doing bad in first year isn’t uncommon
Know how long you need to take to study for exams and plan for the exams