BU grads looking forward to the next chapter

Kendra Elliott, a recent graduate of Brandon University, took some time recently to chat about her experiences at school, all the while, looking ahead to her next challenge: grad school.

Raised in a small town in Cromer, Kendra Elliott had a childhood dream of being a veterinarian. After studying biology at Brandon University, she’ll get that opportunity at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

“I’m looking forward to being focused in an area I love and being surrounded by like-minded individuals,” she told the Journal.

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Elliott began her tenure at BU in 2011 and says the university’s small size positively influenced her when it came to her education in terms of both academics and social development.

“Although other schools have animal science specific programs, I feel as though I’ve been provided with a solid foundation to start this next chapter of education and am so glad I was able to form such strong connections with my professors and peers,” she said. “My pre-vet took me a bit longer than expected, but the small size of the university also allowed me to explore other faculties this past year including business and ceramics.”

She says the college style – an 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. schedule – will take some time getting used to at her new school.

“Although the class will be a bit larger, I think we will quickly become tight knit,” she added.

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program?

“Once you’ve experienced the veterinarian lifestyle, don’t be afraid to branch out from volunteering in a practice. There are so many other volunteer opportunities – many of which don’t even include animals – that will help to develop skills that will get you into vet college,” she concluded.

Here is a look at a few other BU grads who will be moving on to grad school…

Riley Workman
Hometown: Minto
School/city going to:
U of M College of
Medicine in Winnipeg

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program? Be involved in stuff other than school work; shaping your character is extremely significant.

Kardy Fedorowich
Hometown: Hamiota
School/city going to:
U of M College of
Medicine in Winnipeg

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program? Work hard and you can do it.

Leanne Thompson
Hometown: Forrest
School/city going to: U of M College of Medicine in Winnipeg

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program? Work hard and enjoy the process. Start an interview prep group.
Samantha Wierer

Hometown:
Isabella, Man.
School/city going to:
University of Toronto
Name of program:
Dentistry

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program? Shadow a dentist, as I feel my work experience with my dentist solidified my wanting to pursue this career.

Theresa Urichuk
Hometown:
Strathclair, Man.
School/city going to: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Name of program: Pharmacy

Any advice for other students aiming to get involved in your program? Get to know your professors; they will be able to help you a lot and point you in the right direction. Going to a smaller university doesn’t limit you. There are lots of advantages and opportunities.

Mary Longstaff
(not in photo)
Hometown:
Newdale, Man.
School/City going to: Western College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon

Any advice for other students aiming for your program? Work hard. Challenge yourself to do the best you can. Volunteer lots and get lots of clinic experience. Explore. This college likes to see students who have lots of experience in all areas, so read the news, travel, help out in your community and in general go out and experience our world.

Katrina Cristall
Hometown:
Brandon
School/city going to: Queen’s University - Kingston, Ont.
Name of program: Masters of Science in Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Any advice for other students aiming for your program? Get research experience as early in your academic career as possible. It will put you in a good position to get into grad school and will also show you if you like research. I spent a long time thinking I wanted to go into medicine but once I started researching, I changed my mind.

Lyndon Duff
(not in photo)
Hometown:
Great Falls, Man.
School/city going to: Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.
Name of program: Masters of Biological Sciences

Any advice for other students aiming for your program? Study early and often. If you think you might need a year off, take it because your goals will always be there if you’re driven.
 

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