Program: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKin)
In your opinion, what makes this faculty unique?
The uniqueness of the faculty comes from more than just the size, but also from the culture of students that it attracts. Students and faculty members alike are surrounded by driven individuals all who have a special interest in physical activity, human performance, and physical wellness. This faculty is one like a team, willing to work, help, and excel together.
Why did you choose the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation for your undergraduate degree?
Through grade 11 and 12 I was searching for a university program that would lead in to some sort of healthcare occupation. When I found out how a kinesiology degree provides the same science background as a general science degree, yet allows for a more specialized and focused area of study, I felt like I found the perfect place within a small faculty providing endless opportunities and a degree that lets me stand out among other graduates.
What attracted you to your program?
Since I was a child I've had a fascination for mechanical things - how different parts of a system work together to perform movement, and how different systems work together to perform an action. Coupling that with my interest in physiology and healthcare, a BSc Kinesiology was a perfect fit.
What is the most rewarding thing about being an undergraduate student in the faculty?
The unique opportunities and experiences we are exposed to in this faculty is something you can't find anywhere else. Whether it be course-based labs featuring anatomy or exercise physiology, courses unique to our faculty like KIN 400 - Gross Anatomy, or the numerous events planned by PERCS, it is the experiences found in this faculty that stands out.
Can you give an example of a memorable experience while in the faculty?
I had the opportunity to carry out my own summer research project within the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, providing me with a research experience I never thought I'd have. From submitting an ethics application for human research to tracking down my own sensors, I learned so much about how research is actually conducted that I otherwise would never have known.
What advice would you give someone who is considering applying to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation?
Talk to advisers, Faculty members, and current students in the degree you're interested in. This way you can get a feel for the different course work and focal points each program, and apply that into deciding which one is right for you. With Physical Education and Recreation, once you're in, you're in. It's really easy to meet people and make friends, and nobody is too cool for school. PERCS events are a great way to start getting connected.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I plan on gaining experience and working towards opening and owning a physiotherapy clinic after obtaining my MSc in Physical Therapy.