Meet your Smart Start Team

Meet your Smart Start team for 2022!
Learn more about where they’re from, their program of study, future plans and more.

Amaka

Amaka

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Program: 3rd Year, Concurrent Education – Intermediate / Senior, English & History

Plan for life after Brock: I hope to teach for a couple of years both in my hometown school board and internationally, then come back to Brock for my Masters in Education.

Extracurriculars at Brock: I’ve been a tutor with Brock’s A-Z Learning Services for the past year and served as President for the English Students Association. I’m also a Brock Ambassador during the school year, providing tours to prospective students and families!

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Be Boomer the Badger.

My favourite thing about Niagara is… The Write Bookshop on St Paul St in Downtown St. Catharines has been my favourite place since first year. I always find the best books there and the owner is super helpful.

Alex

Alex

Hometown: Tavistock, Ontario

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Kinesiology

Plan for life after Brock: Honestly, not too sure! Keeping my options open.

Extracurriculars at Brock: I have been a member of the varsity figure skating team since my first year at Brock and in the past year, I was a councillor for Brock University Student Administrative Council (BUSAC). I also work part-time at the Campus Store.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Hiking to Decew Falls.

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Beechwood Doughnuts!!!

Anthony

Anthony

Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Science – Sciences

Plan for life after Brock: Pharmacy School to become a Doctor of Pharmacy

Extracurriculars at Brock: Brock University Volunteers Association (BUVA), Brock University Heart and Stroke Foundation (BUHS), Faculty of Math and Science Council, HOSA at Brock University, Brock Catholic Students’ Association, Brock Biological Society (BBS)

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: To fully complete my Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) by the end of my third year at Brock!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… My favourite thing to do in Niagara is to continue to discover new things in a region I always think I have fully explored. I never fail to be amazed by what Niagara has to offer.

Aryan

Aryan

Hometown: Ahmedabad, India

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry

Plan for life after Brock: I aspire to have a role in healthcare as a medical practitioner!

Extracurriculars at Brock: I part of the mens varsity fencing team. I am also an executive member of Brock Biological society, and am involved in various clubs.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Complete a scavenger hunt!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… The warm weather, beautiful scenery and welcoming community!

Chloe

Chloe

Hometown: Welland, ON

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts Honours – Music, Minor in French Studies, Concentration in Music Education

Plan for life after Brock: In the future, I hope to obtain my Masters of Arts in composition when I finished my degree at Brock. I would love to become a film composer in the future!

Extracurriculars at Brock: During my time at Brock, I have been involved with three of the music ensembles which include the chamber and woman’s choir, and the wind ensemble. I am also a co-host for the podcast Dear Marilyn. As well, I’m a Marilyn I Walker School ambassador along with being the student representative for the music department.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Probably the Grape Stomp!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love going to Niagara Falls! Just walking around that area is so much fun and there is so much to do!

Devon

Devon

Hometown: Barrie, ON

Program: 5th Year, Concurrent Education – Primary/Junior

Plan for life after Brock: When I graduate from Brock I plan to become a teacher, specifically, I would like to be a primary teacher as I love working with young children!

Extracurriculars at Brock: Since joining the Brock community, I have played on intramural sports teams including soccer and ultimate frisbee, I’ve been a Champions of Change club member and I work on campus during the school year, immersing myself in all the opportunities that Brock has to offer! I was also part of the concurrent education Living Learning Community (LLC) in my first year where I got to attend many fun events that helped me to connect with my peers and make amazing friends.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Seeing the cherry blossoms on campus in the spring!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love going for walks on the many trails around the area such as at Short Hills Provincial Park. I also loving going to Niagara on the Lake and enjoying the amazing restaurants and wineries!

Emma

Emma

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts – Speech and Language Sciences

Plan for life after Brock: After Brock, I’m planning to get my Master’s degree to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Extracurriculars at Brock: At Brock, I’ve been a Peer Mentor within the Engagement Communities to guide first-years starting their new chapter at University, and have worked at the AskMeBooth’s to assist the return to on-campus.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: To create a handshake with Boomer the Badger

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Going to the local boardwalk and looking over Lake Gibson!

Lam

Lam

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Business Administration – Co-op, Human Resources Management

Plan for life after Brock: I plan to major in Human Resources Management (HRM) as I have a growing passion to learn about and engage with the people of an organization.

Extracurriculars at Brock: I have been involved in both Goodman clubs and on-campus student jobs. Specifically, I am a proud delegate of Goodman DECA (placing Second in Nationals, competing in Human Resources Management) and was a mentee of the Brock Women in Business “EMPOWHER” program. As a Vietnamese student, I am currently part of the Brock Vietnamese Students’ Association (BVSA) marketing team. I cannot forget to mention my amazing time working as a Peer Mentor of the Engagement Communities with Student Life and being a member of the marketing team for the Planning Committee of Brock Student Leadership Summit this past February and March.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Working on my Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) credits!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Trying to finish my “taste test” of all the Vietnamese restaurants in the region. Another thing is hiking trails, there are so many to discover!

Maahum

Maahum

Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Program: 6th Year, Concurrent Education – Junior/Intermediate, General Science

Plan for life after Brock: I am hoping to enter a Masters of Education program at Brock, in the ‘Social Justice, Power, and Politics’ concentration, once I finish my undergraduate program. If I could do anything with my career, I would love to be able to travel and teach all at once. I feel like there is way too much world that I have not yet seen.

Extracurriculars at Brock: Champions of Change, Brock Relay for Life, Brock REDefined

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Doing the Brock high-ropes course!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Discovering new parks and beaches around the region!

Maria

Maria

Hometown: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Program: 1st Year, Master of Applied Health Science

Plan for life after Brock: Pursuing a Masters of Applied Health Sciences in September, with career aspirations in infection control and epidemiology.

Extracurriculars at Brock: Leaders at Brock, Brock Leads, Brock Student Leadership Summit Planning Committee, Brock Chapter: Canadian Obesity Network, Student Conduct Council, Social Media Coordinator for Brock Biological Society, President of Brock Stem Cell Club, Student Affairs Assistant, Biostatistics Lab Assistant

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Finish the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… The friendly people and the gorgeous landscapes!

Matthew

Matthew

Hometown: Richmond, BC

Program: 4th Year, Bachelor of Sport Management

Plan for life after Brock: Upon graduating with my BSM next spring, I plan to find work in the professional sport sector and figure out what I like best about the industry to determine more specific career goals.

Extracurriculars at Brock: While at Brock, I have volunteered for the Niagara Riverhawks Junior C Hockey Club as a statistician and with the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games as a Team Lead of Merchandise and Ticketing, and was a Peer Mentor for the 2021-22 Sport Management Living Learning Community.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Take graduation pictures with my friends in front of the Brock sign.

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Spontaneous outings to the Falls.

Molly

Molly

Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience

Plan for life after Brock: I aspire to pursue a Master of Cognitive Psychology, become a Psychologist, and open my own clinic.

Extracurriculars at Brock: During my first year at Brock, I joined the Music & Memory club and will become the Treasurer/Secretary of the club this upcoming year! I have also volunteered for and run several fundraisers/events on behalf of Extendicare through Brock.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: To take a music therapy class at the Marilyn I. Walker facility downtown.

My favourite thing about Niagara is… My favourite thing to do in Niagara is hangout in downtown St. Catharines… I enjoy watching movies (and concerts) at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, drinking coffee at local cafes, and checking out all of the unique shops!

Noor

Noor

Hometown: Burlington, ON

Program: 4th Year, Concurrent Education – Intermediate/Senior, Mathematics and Biology

Plan for life after Brock: Goal is to complete my four year undergrad and two years of teacher’s college, as well as complete additional qualifications within teaching.

Extracurriculars at Brock: Interfaith Dialogue Chats, Residence Action Council (RAC), Welcome and Information Desk Assistant, BUSU Volunteer Team Lead For O-Week, Call Campaign, Research Participant for MICA, Smart Start Team Assistant (2019-2021), Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Event Volunteer and attended Muslim Student Association events and prayers (MSA)

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Dress up as Boomer the Badger

My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love going to Niagara Falls, specifically the environment Clifton Hill provides!

Sabrina

Sabrina

Hometown: Crystal Beach, ON

Program: 5th Year, Concurrent Education – Intermediate/Senior, English Language & Literature and Geography

Plan for life after Brock: Be a teacher and complete my masters of education to become a principal!

Extracurriculars at Brock: Brock cheer and Brock Campus Ministry (Faith & Life)

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Complete my campus wide co-curriculum (CWC)!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Visit the wineries and run along the Bruce Trail!

Shali

Shaili

Hometown: Markham, ON

Program: 5th Year, Concurrent Education – Intermediate/Senior, Biology & Geography

Plan for life after Brock: After I finish my Bachelors of Education, I wish to complete a Masters of Business Administration and start teaching! I would love to work in classrooms as a science teacher and hopefully work at the ministry level after a few years 🙂

Extracurriculars at Brock: I participated in the Applied Health Sciences Peer Mentorship programme while at Brock. I’ve been with the Student Life and Success Department for the past two years, serving as a Senior Leader and Peer Mentor for our Engagement Communities! I enjoy collaborating with my fellow Badgers, and these have been some of the most memorable experiences of my time at Brock!

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Skating at Issacs Bar & Grill!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love the scenery in Niagara alot! There are so many ways to keep busy and it never gets old. Some of my favourite places are Niagara Glen, DeCew Falls, and Short Hills Conservation Area!

Shreedhara

Shreedhara

Hometown: Bradford, ON

Program: 5th Year, Bachelors of Accounting – Co-op

Plan for life after Brock: I want to obtain my Masters in Accounting, get my CPA designation, and preferably work as an accountant until the robots take over.

Extracurriculars at Brock: I went to every residence event in my first year, volunteered with BrockTV as well as the Co-op Office, and participated in Intramurals.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Hike to Decew Falls. It’s a fun experience!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Beechwood Donuts, the only eatery that matters.

Vani

Vani

Hometown: Welland, ON

Program: 1st Year, Combined Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health

Plan for life after Brock: I hope to pursue a career in healthcare quality improvement or consulting!

Extracurriculars at Brock: Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, Med Plus, Golden Key International Honours Society, Rotaract, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Complete my Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum

My favourite thing about Niagara is… Grab some ice cream and head to Sunset Beach!

Ximena

Ximena

Hometown: Queretaro, Mexico

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Plan for life after Brock: Right after graduation I want to pursue my master degree and PHD to eventually become a psychotherapist and help people.

Extracurriculars at Brock: For the year 2021-2022 I was an international student ambassador, where I got to know and meet people from all around the world. I am a peer health educator for Student Wellness and Accessibility Center and first years transition lead for Brock Leaders Citizenship Society.

#1 item on my BrockU Bucket List: Being able to connect with people from all around the world by attending different events and workshops!

My favourite thing about Niagara is… I love being in contact with nature. Brock is in a UNESCO biosphere, which makes it ideal for it!