After what seemed like a very short summer...

Fall 2013

Dulanga Ranasinghe

Schulich Leader at University of New Brunswick

After what seemed like a very short summer, I was excited to start my second year at UNB. Now as I’m heading in to exams, it’s hard to believe that first semester is almost over.

The courses in second year are much more challenging than last years, but they are that much more interesting and engaging. Biochemistry is undoubtedly my favourite course. It is fascinating how interconnected life is. This course confirmed my choice in pursuing a biochemistry major. Cell biology lab was another interesting part of this semester. We carried out various labs leading to the transformation of E. coli. I was also excited to take a philosophy course this semester: Ethics of Life and Death. This course broadened my views on current ethical issues, such as abortion and euthanasia. This course also gave me a lot of experience in critical thinking and analyzing, skills which are invaluable. While this semester focused mainly on chemistry, I’m looking forward to my classes next semester, as I will have more biology classes such as microbiology and genetics.

I am the treasurer of our residence House Committee, which in addition to schoolwork keeps me busy. I was also part of the House orientation committee. I had the wonderful experience of welcoming the first years to campus, and to our residence. It was a reminder of my experiences a year ago, as a new student.

I’m very grateful for the opportunity to experience university as a Schulich leader. It has allowed me to concentrate on my studies, and I would like to thank Mr. Schulich.