Meet your Smart Start team for 2020!
Learn more about where they’re from, their program of study, future plans and more.
Hometown: Stoney Creek, ON
Program: 6th year, Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior – Mathematics and Biology
Plan for life after Brock: Ever since I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be a math teacher and I am so excited to see this dream come true! With my final year of Teacher’s College coming up, I cannot wait to start teaching and achieving my goals! Recently, I have also been looking into various post-graduate programs to pursue a Master of Education with a focus on student-centred learning and improving mathematics education.
Extracurriculars at Brock: During my time at Brock I have been involved with a variety of extracurriculars including working as a Research Assistant for the Faculty of Education, helping to develop math help videos for first-year students for the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, as well as working with the Mathematics Department as an outreach assistant and welcoming new students to the department! In addition, within my program I have had the chance to get involved with numerous experiential education courses which have allowed me to apply what I have learned in my program to a real-world setting! Currently, I am in Teacher’s College and have loved getting to go out into schools and start teaching students.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: During my time at Brock I have been lucky enough to cross a lot of items off my BrockU Bucket List, but one item still at the top of my list is to hike the Bruce Trail around Brock and go to DeCew Falls – which is a waterfall close to campus! During isolation I have started to hike the Bruce Trail near my house, and I cannot wait for when I can get to this part of the trail!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: If I could give my first-year self advice, it would be to not be afraid to put yourself out there and join new clubs or organizations on campus. By doing this throughout my program, it has led me to not only have a wide variety of experiences I would not have otherwise had during my time at Brock, but has also helped me to meet a diverse group of people and further enhance my passion for my field of study. I was hesitant at first to join or try new things during my first year, but by putting yourself out there it allows you to fully experience the University and make the most of your time as a Badger!
I’ve spent isolation… watching baking shows on Netflix which inspired me to start baking myself! So far, I have become pretty proficient in making a whole bunch of different cookies/muffins and other sweets and have also dabbled in making different breads! My favourite new recipe I have found is to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. With all of this baking, I have also started to hike the various trails in my neighbourhood which I had never really explored before!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Schitt’s Creek and Sugar Rush but have also watched some classics like Friends and One Tree Hill.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… I really love spending time in the Niagara region and exploring all of the different things that there are to do there, but one of my favourite places to visit in the summer is the Avondale Dairy Bar in Niagara-on-the-Lake!
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Program: 4th year, Concurrent Education Primary/Junior – Child & Youth Studies and French Studies
Plan for life after Brock: To become an Elementary School French Teacher, but also interested in pursuing a Master of Education or Clinical Psychology
Extracurriculars at Brock: Throughout my time at Brock, I have been involved with the Brock Ambassador team, the Concurrent Education Student Association, The Annual Fund, and the Brock French Club. I am also an active participant in campus events and Brock recreation!
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Get a picture with Boomer!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Get involved! Explore all the extracurricular opportunities that Brock has to offer as early as possible!
I’ve spent isolation… reconnecting with my creative side! I learned some new recipes, started working on a paint by numbers canvas, and picked up my guitar for the first time in a while.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Outer Banks & New Girl
My favourite thing about Niagara is… The Nature! Brock and the Niagara region are surrounded by beautiful trails, parks and the Falls of course!
Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados
Program: 5th year, Biomedical Science
Plan for life after Brock: Pursuing a Master of Biomedical Science, specifically immunology, then a career in Biomedical research.
Extracurriculars at Brock: The Molecular Research Technologies club, Live4Dance club, Roots African and Caribbean Society.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Attend the annual Grape Stomp before I graduate.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Don’t be afraid to reach out to your peers when you need help, because if you have a question then some of them probably need help in the same area, and then you can work together.
I’ve spent isolation… Setting up workout Skype-dates with friends back home everyday, so that we could stay connected and healthy.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Grey’s Anatomy.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Exploring the Falls and other nature sites.
Hometown: Tequisquiapan, Mexico
Program: 4th year, Dramatic Arts Co-op with a Minor in Economics
Plan for life after Brock: I want to move to Toronto and pursue an acting career. I would love to work in the film industry and make art that matters. I want to take three years off school to gain as much experiences I can before doing my master’s degree.
Extracurriculars at Brock: I have been part of four Mainstages at the Marilyn I. Walker of School of Fine and Performing Arts: Antigone, King Ubu, Orlando and Perdita: The Winter´s Tale. I acted in two of them, and was a dresser and assistant stage manager.
I have been cast for the Fall Mainstage of the upcoming year, Scene from an Execution, which will be directed by David Fancy. It is definitely going to be different given our current circumstances, but I look forward to the project and the challenges.
I have been part of the Justified Festival and Gimme Two Festival.
I was cast in the One Act Festival 2019.
I was able to work with Doctor Yasmine Kandil on her project of the policing circuits, where she and her fellow colleagues designed different scenarios for the police to deal with people in a mental distress situation. I worked in one of the scenarios, acting in it and working with real police officers.
I was able to shadow A Christmas Carol at the Shaw Festival, working with the Stage Management team.
Currently, I am one of the two Dart Representatives for the school year of 2020-2021, where I will represent the students in Faculty Meetings.
I work at the Welcome and Information Desk, located in the Rankin Family Pavilion.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: I want to do the Grape Stomp! Can you believe it, I’m going into my fourth year and haven’t done it!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Don’t let your program confine you. There is so much out there. Enjoy and explore!
I’ve spent isolation… using the time to stay healthy. I expanded my cooking skills, doing a lot of home workouts and I stopped biting my nails. I used to bite my nails because of stress and anxiety. I took this time to work on that and eventually I persevered.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Grey’s Anatomy and all the Harry Potter movies. I also started new shows like Hollywood and Grand Hotel. I highly recommend them if you love drama, romance and suspense.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… As an international student I have to admit I love going to Niagara-on-the-Lake. I love going for walks or seeing plays at the Shaw Festival.
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Program: Bachelor of Sport Management Graduate
Plan for life after Brock: Starting Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences (Sport Management) in September.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Varsity Track & Field team.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Make a difference on a Brock Varsity Team.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Get to know your course instructors more. Especially the ones in your major.
I’ve spent isolation… working out for the next (fingers crossed) track season.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Money Heist, Ozark, I am a Killer, The Office (again), Community (again).
My favourite thing about Niagara is… It’s not that busy and congested as larger cities or metropolitan areas and it has a big community feel about it.
Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Program: 4th year, Public Health with a Minor in Political Science – Public Law and Administration
Plan for life after Brock: To get accepted into Law School where I can pursue my dreams of becoming a lawyer in either Family, Health, or Corporate Law
Extracurriculars at Brock: Went on an exchange trip to Peru in South America on a Medical Mission trip. Volunteered at Fall Preview Day and Open House. Member of the Brock University Student Union (BUSU) clubs such as Champion of Change, Brock Anatomy Club, Model United Nations, and Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP). Played soccer, volleyball, and basketball intramurals. Lived in Living Learning Community in DeCew Residence. Worked for Recruitment and Liaison Services as a Smart Start Team Assistant for three summers and a Brock Ambassador during my third year. Worked for Brock University Dining Services at multiple locations across campus. Attended “Paint the Meridian Red” basketball game.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Participate in the Grape Stomp. Dive off of the diving board at the Olympic Sized Pool.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Stay consistent. Be patient. Be open to new opportunities. Never give me up. Making mistakes is completely fine; it’s part of growing and learning!
I’ve spent isolation… running 5km every morning, bike rides, picnics, a lot of reading on self-development and how to think critically, and listening to podcasts on mindset, confidence, and self-image.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… The Last Dance and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Clifton Hill
Hometown: Strathroy, ON
Program: 4th year, Sport Management
Plan for life after Brock: Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I am hoping to pursue a master’s degree in the field of Sport Management/Administration. Once I have fully completed my education, my career aspiration is to work in the field of intercollegiate athletics, either as a volleyball coach or with student-athlete services.
Extracurriculars at Brock: I have spent most of my three years at Brock working with the men’s Volleyball Team! After volunteering as a statistician my first two years, I was fortunate enough to take on an Assistant Coach position this past season. Other than volleyball, I have spent time on campus volunteering with BrockTV as a sports reporter, along with Fall and Spring Open Houses in my first year with my Living Learning Community.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: The one thing I am hoping to do in my remaining years at Brock is hike down to DeCew Falls.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Find something (group, activity, club, etc.) that you are passionate about and get yourself involved as early as possible!
I’ve spent isolation… going on bike rides and completing Nike Training Club workouts at home. I have also spent a great deal of time throwing it back to my elementary school days and playing the recorder!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… The Office for the (???) time, Brooklyn 99 and The Last Dance.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love the relaxed atmosphere that the Niagara region provides, along with the great view from the falls!
Hometown: Stellarton, NS
Program: 3rd year, Sport Management with a Minor in Film Studies
Plan for life after Brock: I hope to complete my Master of Sport Management, and work for a university. Eventually, I hope to work for a non-profit sport organization.
Extracurriculars at Brock: I have served as the President of the Residence Action Council in my first year and am now a member of both the Sport Management Council and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Association. I am also an active participant in Brock Intramurals, and am also a notetaker for Student Accessibility Services.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Visit another country as a member of the Brock community.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Take every opportunity you can get to build connections within the Brock community, and don’t be afraid to speak up in classes and visit your professors during office hours.
I’ve spent isolation… reading a lot about the film-making process from various points of view. I’ve also been making an effort to focus on my personal health through both nutrition and physical activity!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… I have watched a TON of movies, and I’m also almost done watching all 40 seasons of Survivor (my ultimate guilty pleasure).
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Discovering all the unique shops and restaurants in downtown St. Catharines.
Hometown: Vaughan, ON
Program: 4th year, Concurrent Education Junior/Intermediate – General Science (Biology and Earth Science)
Plan for life after Brock: I hope to teach for a few years after graduating to gain some experience and return to Brock to complete my Master of Education, focusing on socioeconomic influences on education.
Extracurriculars at Brock: During my first and second years at Brock, I was the Marketing Chair on Brock’s Relay for Life committee, where we organized a 12-hour overnight fundraiser for cancer research. A large aspect of this committee was to collaborate with people and organizations from within the Niagara community, and even collaborate with other clubs at Brock and support their events. From my second year until now, I have been a part of the Brock Champions of Change committee, which raises money to send girls in low-economically developed countries to school. Last year, I held the Treasurer position and in the coming school year, I will be holding the Vice-President position.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: I want to participate in the fundraiser at Brock where people who participate sleep outside for five days, in hopes to raise money for homelessness and poverty in the Niagara region.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: I would have told my first-year self to go out more to different events that Brock was holding, especially during Frosh and Frost Weeks to have fun and experience more things the university has to offer. It is also the easiest way to make friends!
I’ve spent isolation… Since I have an autoimmune disease, navigating the pandemic was really stressful. On top of that I am enrolled in spring courses, which made staying inside even more difficult. I found that the best way to destress was go to on a drive by myself and listen to music, which has been the best coping mechanism for me. I’ve been doing home workouts, cooking new recipes and baking a lot more, and going on walks when it is nice outside.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… The Vampire Diaries.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… There are a lot of small lookout points and beaches/bodies of water that I like finding in Niagara.
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Program: 5th year, Concurrent Education Junior/Intermediate – English and Geography
Plan for life after Brock: Teaching abroad and completing a Master of Education.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Worked at the Central Equipment Room Attendant (CAGE)
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Take an AquaFit class.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Don’t be afraid to get involved, even if none of your friends are doing it. This is a great opportunity to meet new people that have similar interests. Going to events run by your program can help you gain more information about what you want to do after you complete your degree. It also allows you to learn more about your program and all the opportunities it can offer.
I’ve spent isolation… baking and trying out new recipes that were shared through family and friends. Creating an online recipe book with them helped me stay connected in a fun way and find the best brownie recipe. Along with following yoga tutorials, workouts online and socially distanced walks, I’ve tried new exercises to stay as active as possible.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… How to Get Away with Murder, New Girl, Suits and Schitt’s Creek.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Hiking DeCew Falls and the Bruce Trail, along with visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake and treating myself to Beechwood Doughnuts after a long day.
Hometown: Princeville, QC
Program: 4th year, Biomedical Sciences
Plan for life after Brock: Once I complete my undergrad, I hope to further pursue my studies in the healthcare field.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Peer Tutor, Stem Cell Research Club, Brock’s Anatomy Club, Best Buddies Brock, and Health Science Council.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Become friends with someone from every continent (excluding Antarctica).
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Get involved from day 1!
I’ve spent isolation… reaching out to friends that I had lost touch with after leaving for Brock! I also took the time to re-organize my bedroom and finally hang the posters I’ve been meaning to put up for months. Finally, I started going on daily walks with my camera looking for inspiration.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Westworld, Money Heist and Community.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… The great hiking locations such as the Niagara Gorge, Shorthills Provincial Park and the DeCew Falls!
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Program: 6th year, Concurrent Education Junior/Intermediate – History and Geography
Plan for life after Brock: As I near closer to the end of my program, I have already began preparing my master’s applications! I wish to complete my master’s degree within the Sociocultural Department, doing research through the Faculty of Education at Brock. I am hoping the research I do will help me get my PhD.
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Program: 3rd year, Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior – Mathematics and Biology
Plan for life after Brock: Goal is to complete my four year undergrad and complete two years of teacher’s college to then get to the goal of being a teacher and teaching for a while, perhaps additional qualifications for broadening the age group I can teach and to those that have an exceptionality.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Residence Action Council (RAC) Building Advocate for Vallee Residence, Welcome Desk Assistant in the Rankin Family Pavilion, BUSU Volunteer Team Lead For O-Week, Call Campaign, Research Participant for MICA 1P40/2P40, Smart Start Team Assistant (2019), Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Event Volunteer, attended Muslim Student Association events and prayers (MSA) and volunteered to help with the Steel Blade Classic game.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Join an intramural team, whether it be continuing my great passion of playing basketball or experiencing and trying something completely new and exciting like inner tube water polo is a goal on my bucket list, that’s for sure!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Make time to develop and form relationships with others both in and out of your program. While school requires attention and hard work, forming study groups from the beginning will reward you with knowledge and good memories.
I’ve spent isolation… teaching myself how to do a “rainbow flick” with a soccer ball, spent a lot of time with my two younger sisters, and began working with my family to build our backyard!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Outer Banks for sure! Got through that show in a day.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Going go-karting at Niagara Speedway and getting BeaverTails or enjoying hikes through the many trails Niagara has to offer.
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Program: 4th year, Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior – English Language & Literature and Geography
Plan for life after Brock: Master of Education and Administration at Brock. Career Goal: Superintendent of the schoolboard and eventually do my PhD and come back to teach at Brock.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Varsity Cheer.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Adventure to DeCew Falls with my friends!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Do not be afraid to go to your professors’ office hours! They have those hours to help you and they genuinely want you to succeed!
I’ve spent isolation… creating workout plans for my friends and myself along with working out with my teammates over Zoom and FaceTime! Having this time to focus on myself has allowed me to not only further my interest in physical fitness but also spread my love of it to my friends and family too!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Outerbanks, The Innocence Project and I also rewatched Brooklyn 99!
My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love to run and Niagara is the perfect place to do that! We have the Bruce Trail that runs through campus and its a great way to see some of the beautiful scenery we have so close to school.
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Program: 3rd year, Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior – English and History
Plan for life after Brock: I want to teach Grade 11/12 English or History, and hopefully, come back to Brock for my Master of Education!
Extracurriculars at Brock: I was on the Residence Action Council in my first year, and ended up working for the Department of Residences in my second year. I also do a lot of volunteer work with Brock!
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: I want to finish the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum before Convocation!
Advice I would give my 1st year self: I would say that even though it can be overwhelming, get out and try new things! The Brock community is so welcoming and there are so many opportunities.
I’ve spent isolation… crafting a lot! I have done some tie-dye, moulded some resin and painted some (bad) paintings!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Law and Order: SVU
My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love the Festival of Lights in the Falls every winter!!
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Program: 4th year, Business Administration – Information Systems
Plan for life after Brock: Financial consultant, entrepreneur.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Goodman Ambassador, International Summer Exchange Trip, Intramural Referee, Dining Services, and SNAP (Special Needs Activity Program).
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Get on stage at the O-Week concert.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Be more vocal and talk to more people. Make as many friends as possible and put myself out there more.
I’ve spent isolation… Self-reflection, reading, exercise and get fresh air (runs, walks), spend quality time with family, FaceTime many friends who you do not talk to as often, and sleep.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… The Last Dance.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Visit Clifton Hill or play soccer at the Niagara Dome.
Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON
Program: 4th year, Medical Sciences
Plan for life after Brock: Looking to pursue a Master of Health Sciences (MSc) at Brock University, with career aspirations in health research, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
Extracurriculars at Brock: Smart Start Team Assistant, Union Station Employee at Brock University Students Union (BUSU), President of Brock University Health Sciences Council, Peer Mentor and Executive on Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Association & Mentorship Program, Biostatistics Lab Assistant, Athlete on Brock University’s Varsity Squash Team, and Basketball Intramural’s Participant.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Don’t hesitate to get involved on campus both academically and socially right from your first year! Get to know your professors by attending their office hours and introducing yourself. Brock has over 100 clubs on campus, multiple sports teams (varsity and recreational), and events/workshops happening each week; there are plenty of ways to meet like-minded individuals, while participating in campus initiatives and having fun!
I’ve spent isolation… learning many new songs on the piano!
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Gilmore Girls.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… there is always something to do, whether that’s hiking on the Bruce Trail, visiting Clifton Hill, or enjoying the views in Niagara-on-the-lake! As a local student, the region is so beautiful!
Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON
Program: 4th year, Business Administration
Plan for life after Brock: Taking Business Administration has allowed me to see what it is like to enter new industries and present myself with confidence. After I graduate, I will look for opportunities to continue my learning while finding new passions and meeting new people!
Extracurriculars at Brock: President of Goodman Business Students’ Association, VP Brock Marketing Association, and Goodman JDCC – Sports Delegate.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Before I graduate, I would love to take a kickboxing course.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: Get out of your comfort zone! Nothing comes from staying central. The more opportunities you bring upon yourself, the more experiences you will have!
I’ve spent isolation… taking online courses to expand my mind and open the door new industries; McGill Personal Finance Essentials, Bloomberg Market Concepts, and Google’s Foundation of Digital Marketing are some, to name a few.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Modern Family, #BlackAF
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Adventure around the Niagara Gorge.
Hometown: Port Colborne, ON
Program: 2nd year, Neuroscience Co-op – Neurobiology Stream
Plan for life after Brock: After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan on pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry by completing MSc and PhD programs. I hope to learn more about the various options available through my co-op work terms at Brock.
Extracurriculars at Brock: When I started at Brock I was eager to become involved in various extracurriculars related to my program. I took on the position of Undergraduate Representative for the Brock Biological Society. I also became a member of the Brock Neuroscience Club, as well as the Faculty of Math and Science Council. I look forward to continuing to learn about all of the extracurriculars that Brock has to offer.
#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: To attend Grape Stomp, typically held in September. I am excited to participate in this messy Brock event in the future.
Advice I would give my 1st year self: As a second-year student, my first-year experience is fresh in my mind! If I were to give advice to my first-year self, I would tell myself to live in the moment and enjoy all that Brock University has to offer. During first-year, students typically meet a wide variety of new people and take many new courses. I would tell myself to plan ahead, stay organized and go to office hours to be successful academically. Most importantly, I would tell myself to enjoy the experience as much as possible.
I’ve spent isolation… baking! I perfected my recipe for homemade cinnamon buns and made many batches of chocolate chip cookies. I also spent a lot of time walking or playing with my dog. Over the summer I plan to spend as much time as I can swimming in my pool.
My pandemic binge-watching show(s) of choice was… Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, and Friends.
My favourite thing about Niagara is… Hiking the trail at DeCew Falls is easily one of my favourite things to do in Niagara. I have spent a lot of time hiking with friends while the weather is nice. Another one of my favourite places to go in Niagara is Beechwood Doughnuts in Downtown St. Catharines. The Cookies and Cream doughnut is one of my absolute favourite snacks.