Brook Hadwen

brook_272w.jpgProgram and Year: BMSc Candidate, Year 4
Research Interests: Also doing a major in Microbiology and Immunology
Department Roles: VP Communications on Undergraduate Student Council of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

In Brook's Words

I am currently entering Year 4 of an Honours Specialization In Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Major in Microbiology and Immunology. This will be my fifth year at Western, as I originally chose an alternative module in Medical Sciences. After realizing my passion for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, I chose to follow this path.

I have chosen to study Epidemiology and Biostatistics with the aspiration to someday improve public health, specifically with regards to infectious disease. Since I was a child, I have always been the type of person to wonder why things happen. Studying the etiology of disease, source of spread, and possible prevention methods are very interesting to me, as we find answers to why such diseases occur to some people and not others. I hope to someday contribute to this question of why, and improve our population’s knowledge about our health and overall wellbeing.

My time at Western has been filled with many great memories, both in and out of the classroom. This past year, I am happy to have been an executive member on our brand new Undergraduate Student Council of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This has been a very rewarding experience so far, and has helped further immerse me in our faculty.

Outside of the classroom I have been on Dance Force, a club at Western, for four years and a Vice President of this club for two years. I have danced my whole life, and having the opportunity to continue to do so has been a very exciting and therapeutic journey.

My advice to students pursuing Epidemiology and Biostatistics is to not be afraid to change your plan. My plan was not to become an epidemiologist, and changing into this module was a big decision. It is a small program, and I was hesitant at first to branch off from my original module. Luckily, I have found a way to study both Microbiology and Epidemiology, and I am very glad that I went through with my decision.

Plans change, and people change as they grow. University is about finding yourself and new passions, and hopefully graduating an even better version of yourself than when you started. Don’t be afraid to find yourself on a different path than you set out for.