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Reflecting on my first term at York University…

1 December, 2013

Ben Shachar

Reflecting on my first term at York University, I can say that it has been a fantastic and thoroughly rewarding experience. The transition from high school to post-secondary education has been a wholly positive one. I have come to relish the increased independence and frenzied pace of university life.

I have enjoyed every minute of the mentally-stimulating Biomedical Sciences program. The flexibility of the major has enabled me to sample a diverse assortment of subjects. Courses such as Introductory Linguistics provide an interesting contrast to the rigidity of Chemistry and Calculus. The program also makes use of the newly-constructed Life Sciences Building – a truly impressive facility.

I have also begun to join some of the various clubs and associations on campus. Through my membership in these organizations I have met a bevy of incredible people. Since my primary focus thus far has been on setting a solid academic foundation, I hope to further submerge myself in campus life in the coming months.

Participation in the Schulich Leader Scholarship has afforded me a multitude of opportunities for which I am sincerely grateful. I have had a chance to meet and forge connections with some of the other extraordinary Schulich Leaders at York. The generous monetary grant associated with the scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies and on my passion for volunteering.

As I prepare for my final midterm examinations, I already have one eye towards the future. I eagerly anticipate the start of the winter term and the new challenges that it will bring.