Interview with 2018 Ted Rogers Scholarship Recipient Saniya Kaushal

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Saniya Kaushal

1. Where do you volunteer – what’s your favourite thing about what you do? 

I have been very involved in my community since a very young age. I have volunteered by selling daffodils to raise approximately $2000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, I have packed healthy lunches for students without access to fruits and vegetables with Food for Thought, I have visited and served snacks to seniors at a retirement home, I have helped to set up Run for Water, I have volunteered to answer questions for new international students at the local university’s yearly orientations, and I have made care packages for the women’s shelter. I currently volunteer at the hospital as an Assistant Team Leader, doing unit visiting, greeting, and library rounds. Also, I was an in-school mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters last year, and a Go Girls mentor for several grade five girls for a few months. I look forward to mentoring again with Big Brothers Big Sisters this year too. My favourite part about volunteering is being able to make someone smile. Whether I make them smile with words of encouragement and conversation, or with my actions in mentorship- I love having the opportunity to make others happy. Therefore, volunteering is something that I am very grateful for.

2. Why was receiving a Ted Rogers Scholarship special? 

Receiving the Ted Rogers Scholarship was so amazing- to know that my hard work with my academics and community was recognized is such an honour! I dedicate myself to volunteering in the community for my own self happiness, so receiving a scholarship was an added bonus! I am going to be able to dedicate myself to my vigorous workload as I complete my bachelors degree without financial stress! I am so happy that I am able to help my parents out with my tuition cost with this scholarship!

3. Where do you plan on going to school and what will you study? 

I am going to school at the University of the Fraser Valley. This university is in my hometown, so I am really looking forward to get to study what I am passionate about while staying at home with my family and friends. I am very close with my family, so I feel super fortunate to get to stay at home with them, while pursuing my career. I am currently enrolled in the Bachelors of Science!

4. What are your long-term goals? 

My long-term goal is to be able to work in a medical environment, providing healthcare to patients. Through this, I will be able to fulfill my desire of maximizing the quality of life for those around me.

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