Western University

Blake VanBerlo

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Nominated by: 
Linda Thomas
Nominated in: 
London, ON
Blog posts: 

One of the first things...

Fall 2013

One of the first things that I was told about university was that each semester flies by. I found that this was indeed true.

– by Blake VanBerlo • Schulich Leader at Western University

Q&A with

What area(s) of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are you pursuing for your undergraduate degree?


What is your favourite inspirational quote?

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." ~Jack Layton, in his Letter to Canadians, August 20 2011

What is a little known fact about you?

A little known fact about myself is that I am an avid musician.  My main skills lie in piano playing and singing.  I have obtained my Grade 7 piano from the RCM and have received jazz and improvisation training in highschool.  I can also play guitar, bass, guitalele, trumpet and French horn.  Music is my favourite and most treasured hobby.

Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader?

I am interested in applying scientific principles to meet the modern and future needs of Canadian society.