Meet Evelyn Li, a second-year Innisian, committee head for OSL Academic Success, and co-chair of the Environmental Committee!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What year are you in and what are you studying?
Hey Innis! My name is Evelyn and I’m a second-year student pursuing a specialist in Biochemistry and a minor in Statistics.
What’s your favourite thing about Innis?
I like the people there who truly care about this place and have always been trying to get involved no matter how busy and stressful school work could be. All the student groups, OSL, IRC, ICSS etc, are making every effort to make Innis a better community and I feel so blessed to have them around.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Honestly, I’d like to be in any Ramen place in the world. I couldn’t ask for anything better than Ramen after a full day of working in the lab.
Favourite course you’ve taken so far?
I really enjoy the first-year organic chemistry course. I appreciate that the professor did an amazing job in explaining what’s happening in a chemical reaction and showing that chemistry could actually be fun.
Best study spot around campus?
Personally, I really like to study in Sid’s Café. Since it’s close to most of the buildings where Life Sci classes take place (Sidney Smith, Earth Sci, Con Hall, etc.), it’s a great place to grab some coffee and study a bit between classes.
What is your role with the Innis Office of Student Life? How has the experience been so far?
I’m the Committee Head of the Academic Success portfolio and an insight mentor. I’m grateful for having the chance to be part of OSL where you could be more aware of different resources on campus that can improve student life and pass the information to students via events.
What are you involved in outside of the classroom?
Aside from OSL, I’m also one of the co-chairs for Environmental Committee within IRC and I am currently working in a biochemistry lab at MaRS Discovery District.
What are some things students should avoid when it comes to studying?
It would be a bit hard to answer for all the students but for someone like me, I should definitely avoid having too much stress on the amount of work I need to finish before actually getting down to doing it.
How do you think academic success skills can benefit students outside of the classroom?
I believe those skills are really important when no one is actually teaching and answering questions in front of your face. When it comes the day that we have to figure something out all by ourselves, instead of the information we’ve picked up from class, those skills are actually the ones being helpful.
Any advice for first-year Evelyn?
My advice would be to embrace the present. University is not only about building your resume and planning everything for the rest of your life which instead, might just cut you off from everything else in the world that’s happening right in the moment. Spend time doing something that you are truly passionate about and with someone who inspires you and will make difference in your life.