A Lot of Chemistry and a Lot of Bed Pushing

Winter 2014

Michael Gilbert

Schulich Leader at University of New Brunswick

Well, another great semester at the University of New Brunswick is in the books! This fall, I have enjoyed a more rigorous, interesting array of courses as well as some new opportunities to get involved on campus and in residence.

As part of my medicinal chemistry program, I have had the pleasure of studying topics far beyond the scope of the topics introduced in first year. I had a hard time deciding what to major in, but I think I chose right. I thoroughly enjoyed my organic chemistry lab where I learned many important procedures such as chromatography, distillation and extraction. After taking this course, I feel much more comfortable working in a lab environment. I also took an English course as an elective. Moving away from STEM subjects was scary for me, but I think that taking the course has improved my written communication skills substantially, and I look forward to taking more electives in the arts to diversify my education.

Apart from academics, I was very busy this semester working as the charity rep for my residence, Neville Jones House. My job was to raise money for our house charity, Women in Transition House, a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. At the end of our fundraising endeavours, which included nightly canvassing, dances and karaoke nights, our residence pushed a bed a total of 120km- the distance from Fredericton, NB to Saint John, NB, to raise awareness for our cause. This year, we raised $13,300 for Women in Transition House! I think that this has been the most rewarding activity I have done since coming to UNB, and I am excited to continue working for our house charity next semester.

Overall, I think this has been my favourite semester at UNB yet. I learned. I pushed a bed vast distances. I laughed. What more could I possibly ask for?