Anita Mahinpei

Schulich Leader

University of British Columbia

High School: Carson Graham

Nominated by Robert Watson

North Vancouver, BC

What area(s) of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are you pursuing for your undergraduate degree?
Aiming to major in Chemical Physics
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle
What is a little known fact about you?
I really really love physics and math, but I only decided to get a degree in physics in grade 12. Growing up in a family of doctors and surgeons, automatically made me want to become a doctor as a child. After entering middle school, I realized that I enjoyed math and physics a lot more than biology but because everyone was telling me that a degree in physics would be absolutely useless, I decided to study engineering. My plan was to major in engineering physics for about five years, but then I realized two things: 1. engineering doesn’t give me the education in particle and quantum physics and astronomy that I was hoping to get 2. I didn’t care about what my relatives and friends thought about a degree in physics. So I decided to apply to the science faculty and study physics. One little, weird fact about me is that I happen to have the same birth date as my parents (all born on August 23rd )! 
Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader? 
I believe I make a great Schulich Leader, because I not only have a passion for learning science and math, but I also want to help other people have the opportunity to gain knowledge in these fields of study. Having experienced and seen the effect of factors such as gender, money, and social class on people’s access to education especially in the STEM fields has made me want to increase the STEM related opportunities available to all people.