Celebrating the graduates of Spring 2021: Jessica Groat

Meet some of the amazing members of the graduating class of Spring 2021 from the Faculty of Science.

Katie Willis - 23 June 2021

This year, the University of Alberta is celebrating the achievements of our graduates with a virtual convocation ceremony on June 25. As we acknowledge the achievements of our graduating class, we’re sharing just a few of the amazing stories of our graduates.

Meet Jessica Groat, graduating from the immunology and infection honors program in the Department of Biological Sciences, as she reflects on the unique opportunities in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science and the value of making connections. 

Congratulations, Jessica! 

What brought you to the U of A?

Its great reputation! And it was close to home.

Tell us about your experience in the Faculty of Science.

It was fantastic. I had the opportunity to learn about topics that I didn't even know existed before coming here! And I was able to meet amazing people, whether it be other students, professors, or my academic advisors. The Faculty of Science provided great resources and wonderful opportunities for volunteering, lab experience, and so much more.

What is one of your favourite memories from your time at the U of A?

My first time volunteering for the University of Alberta Round Dance—it was an eye-opening experience to learn and engage in a wonderful culture. I was able to meet many inspiring people and be proud of my own heritage.

What advice do you have for current and future students at the Faculty of Science?

Be prepared to work hard and it will be a rewarding experience! However, keep in mind that grades aren't the end all be all and you need to experience university life—join a student group, find a volunteering opportunity, and enjoy it.

How have you spent your free time during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Trying out some new hobbies, like beading and becoming a plant mom! I also spent more time enjoying the outdoors and exploring the Edmonton River Valley with my roommates.

How do you plan on celebrating convocation?

Hopefully enjoying the outdoors with my family and friends!

What's next after graduation?

My next step is to pursue studying global health in the U of A’s master of public health program in the School of Public Health.