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Hi, I’m Patricia.


I’m President of the McMaster Science Society. I’m always encouraging students to ask me anything — about Science, McMaster, student life, or anything at all that’s on their mind.

 

I’m in my fourth year, studying Life Sciences .

Life Sciences is a program that caters to a science student who may have many interests. I chose to study at McMaster because there is a beautiful sense of community here. I knew the program would be awesome but I also wanted a very warm and welcoming community to live and work. The people here make you feel valued and appreciated. I am constantly blown away by how willing people are to help each other.

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I’m really excited this year...

to empower the McMaster Science Society team. With so many new faces on board, I’m excited to see how much they grow throughout the experience. I have been involved with the Science Society since my first year, and have been fortunate to hold the position of President for two consecutive years. I can see how much I have evolved throughout my journey with the Society, and it's rewarding to see others do the same. It's a true honour to lead such an eager and hard-working team.

I am absolutely so in love with this school and the work that I do with the Science Society!

 

 

 

Time spent with wonderful people

I am a lover of going on "coffee dates" with people, except for the fact that I do not drink coffee :) As President of the Science Society, and in my own studies, I spend most of my days with students either supporting them, planning projects together, catching up, hearing their thoughts on campus issues, etc! I could not be happier to be able to spend each day like this!

The McMaster Science Society is always on the go!

From projects that focus on bringing students from all programs in Science together, to holding networking and presentation workshops, to planning our largest formal called Formaldehyde, there is always something going on. We are currently focused on getting our lounge ready for its grand opening in January, providing students some destressing opportunities for exams, and having tough conversations about the future of our elections.

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A special moment for me this fall

A first-year student who I met two months ago reached out to me to help him plan a movie night on campus. He is incredibly passionate about climate change and had the dream of inviting others to watch it together. Being able to see him put that event on for students, with just a little guidance from me, made me extremely happy. The event was a huge success, and he was thrilled and super proud to have accomplished something such as this!

McMaster donors, thank you!

As a student who needs to pay for my education on my own, all financial assistance from donors has helped to make my undergrad experience much easier.

 

 

My favourite place on campus

There is something very special about the Class of 1954 garden behind University and Hamilton Halls. The beauty of the nature creates such a calm feeling.

Thank you, Class of 1954!

 

Studying for exams with friends

As much as exams are never a fun time, it really is a relief only having one thing to focus on at a time. Jenny and Ryan are two of my closest friends so I am very thankful for their support and for being awesome study partners.

Jenny and I did not plan to wear the same study outfit :)

Exams are tough, but when they are done we can rejoice!

The Science Lounge

A two-year advocacy process in the making! Science students have been asking for space for a very long time that they can call theirs. I ran on this idea on my platform as a Student Representative Assembly member back in 2014, and in January of this year we officially finished and opened the space up for all science students. This marked history and I couldn’t be happier to know that this space will serve hundreds of science students each year.

Here is the slow creation of the lounge. Then the cake to celebrate the first day of the Science Lounge Grand Opening, and me doing the symbolic ribbon cutting.

Formaldehyde!

The McMaster Science Society is known for their largest event of the year called Formaldehyde. Why is it well known?

1) The name is incredible.

2) It’s by far the most fun event of the year including dinner, a live band, science activities, a dance and wonderful people to interact with.

This year, we sold out with 600 tickets in 3 minutes. This is my favourite event that the MSS holds because it brings so many science students together and the pride and sense of community is incredibly evident.

 

Running for McMaster Students Union President

Well, it's been four years of studying Life Sciences, and I have loved my program and everything that I've been involved with here at Mac. As I'm nearing graduation, what I find I am truly passionate about is the people and the connections that I make every day.

So, I made the decision to run for McMaster Students Union President. The experience was incredible because of the tremendous support that I received from my friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. It was beautiful to put myself out there showing students what I love but also terrifying knowing that I was being analyzed by so many people. I learned the importance of surrounding myself with amazing people who I can trust in.

Here I am presenting in front of 600 students! I personally love talking in front of large groups but I still get butterflies a couple of minutes prior to the start of my speech.

#CreateYourStory

Here is a picture of my campaign table set up in the student centre throughout the election period so that students could ask questions and share their thoughts. #CreateYourStory was the overall theme of my campaign. My goal was to encourage students to reflect on their own stories and to show them how I could be in the role to help them along the way.

 

 

 

Reflecting on outcomes

In a span of three months, I ran for the role of McMaster Students Union President and also Vice President of Administration. I lost in both elections (by a lot of votes), but I only have positive feelings at the end of the day. Putting yourself out there is terrifying as you give permission for people to discuss you over their lunch break, and you also open yourself up to criticism.

However, through this challenging process, I was surrounded by people who believed in me and who had so much goodness to spread about me. People who cared to see me win. It means a lot to have people in my life that support and believe in me.

In addition, when you fail and don’t achieve the goal that you wanted, it provides you with an opportunity to reflect. Losing can be painful but it is also very humbling and only makes you stronger in the process. Both elections took a ton of time, energy, and stress, but without a doubt, I have no regrets and I am so happy that I went through it! I am very proud of myself and do not have enough words to express my gratitude for all the people who supported me along the way.

Thanking our Science Society volunteers for their wonderful work

With our rapid expansion and growth in these past two years, it becomes very important to ensure that the MSS is celebrating and thanking our volunteers. We have over 500 students that contribute directly to enhancing science students' lives. I wanted to put on an end of year celebration to thank everyone. Volunteer recognition and celebration is valuable to remind everyone that we appreciate them. I am hoping this event continues to run in the future!

 

 

Farwell to the MSS and on to new adventures

My message to the incoming Science Society President:

The MSS can be home for you, for your team and most importantly for our students. When you give this team a world of opportunity and support them, they believe in the cause as well. Good luck and remember why we do the work that we do! You are going to be amazing and I cannot wait to see what the future of the MSS its science students holds!”

 

A few last thoughts as my final year as an undergraduate student at Mac comes to an end. Being at McMaster and reflecting on my experiences only reminds me of my true joy for working with youth. My dream is to work at a University in the Student Life sector giving back to youth and supporting them through their journey at university. I thrive with one-on-one connections and hope to make big changes in the lives of young people each day in the work that I do. I am beyond thankful for all the experiences in work relationships, group projects, mentorship opportunities and teamwork that have given me the confidence to work with all kinds of people today and in the future.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading about my year at Mac!

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