Balance

Fall 2013

Andy (Guan Xiang) Zeng

Schulich Leader at Simon Fraser University

Having completed 4 consecutive days of final exams, I not only feel a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders, but also immense appreciation for the knowledge I have gained from my courses. Despite the relatively heavy course load a few too many online homework assignments, I have enjoyed (almost) every bit of my semester. I am consistently impressed by the correlation between each of my courses and the passion I have seen from my professors. This has reinforced my passion for science and catalyzed my development as a scholar.

Outside of my academics, I find that it is also imperative to further develop my leadership abilities and act upon my passion for improving humanity. In hopes of achieving this, I have co-founded the SFU Red Cross Club, and serve as Co-President with a team of amazingly motivated and passionate executives. Through this club, we hope to promote the humanitarian values of the Red Cross, and connect SFU students with the Canadian Red Cross. Although the majority of the semester was devoted towards sorting out logistics and ensuring that we would not misrepresent the Red Cross, we have raised over $500 dollars for Typhoon Haiyan relief, to be matched by the Canadian Government and used towards reuniting families separated by the typhoon and running the Canadian Red Cross field hospital in the Philippines. I am also a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity that aims to connect individuals pursuing career goals in medicine and dispel the competitive stigma surrounding &q uot;pre-medical" students. These activities, in addition to my position as a lifeguard and water safety instructor for my city, currently play a crucial role in allowing me to make the most out of my university experience.

Though my first semester at SFU is almost over, I am still adapting to university and working towards attaining a better balance between academic growth and character development. In order to achieve this, I will be re-assessing how I allocate my time and re-defining my priorities: I still have a long way to go until my transition is truly complete.