Faculty of Science valedictorian Sanya Vij graduates June 16 with an Honours BSc in Life Sciences. We caught up to her and asked a few questions to get to know her better. Here’s what Vij had to say.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MCMASTER?
I chose McMaster because it felt like such a tight-knit community as soon as I stepped foot on campus during one of the preview days. Along with that, the interdisciplinary nature of the life sciences program drew me in because it stood out against other programs and schools.
I also really appreciated how much the students at Mac appreciate and prioritize life outside of just school and academics — this was especially important to me as it allowed me to grow as a person and leader without constantly attaching the label of “student” to myself.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
After travelling to Europe and the West Coast this summer, I’ll be back at Mac! I was recently accepted into the MSc. Global Health program, so I’ll be back here in September and cannot wait for this new start.
CAN YOU SHARE A GREAT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Networking can be your best friend, especially if you’re new to the world of academia and post-secondary education. Put yourself out there and connect with people you look up to — you never know who will take the time of day to take you under their wing and help you out in your journey, so take advantage whenever you can.
NOW THAT YOU’RE GRADUATING, WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR STUDENTS?
I know it might sound cheesy and it’s definitely easier said than done, but jumping out of your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and you will pleasantly surprise yourself when you see what you’re capable of!
Ask for help even if you don’t think you need it — upper-year students, your profs and other faculty members are all here to support you and see you succeed, so don’t hold back based on fear or nerves.
Lastly, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses once in a while – you’re here for a reason and you deserve your spot at this school so take a few moments to take it all in as you’re going through the motions.