If you had a superpower, what would it be? What's the best advice anyone has ever given you? Avijeet Sarker, valedictorian at the May 27 convocation for the Faculty of Health Sciences, answers these and other pressing questions in our Daily News questionnaire:
Your best memory of Mac?
These past years at McMaster have been amazing! I will always remember and will be forever grateful for the friendships that I have formed and for the tremendous support that I have received from so many individuals along the way. Since this was the first time I had lived on my own, the initial transition was definitely an adjustment. Through hard work and with the support of others, this journey allowed me to develop important life skills and to learn how to balance my responsibilities both in and out of the classroom.
Christopher Charles hadn't given much thought to a career in medicine while working on his PhD in South-East Asia. Charles took a risk and returned to school for medicine, a decision he has zero regrets in making.
This Friday, May 27, the student at the Waterloo Regional Campus is one of 202 new physicians graduating from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine during McMaster University's 2016 convocation for the Faculty of Health Sciences. A total of 514 students from medicine, midwifery, Bachelor of Health Sciences and several specialty diplomas and graduate degrees, will also cross the Hamilton Place stage at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.
Growing up, Linda Dao thought she was going to become a dentist. Fast forward a few years and she's spending time in both Israel and France studying Space Medicine after graduating from Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster.
Space Medicine, first introduced at McMaster in 2009 and the first of its kind in Canada, allowed Dao to combine all her interests into one field. During her undergrad she co-found the first student-run astronomy club on campus, the McMaster Observatory Outreach at Night (MOON) Club. Dao was given a full scholarship to attend the Space Studies Program through the International Space University.