Paige Daubenfeld has dreamed of becoming a doctor since she was a child.
This dream led her to enroll in health studies at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), a program that examines health and well-being from a variety of perspectives, including the influence of biological contexts. , cultural, social and environmental on the health and well-being of individuals. She will now receive her Bachelor of Arts and Science (BA&Sc) in Health Studies at USask’s Spring Convocation in June.
“I’m very happy to have reached this point in my college career,” said Daubenfeld, who grew up on a grain farm outside of St. Brieux, Sask. “I have always valued education and being able to achieve this goal is a great feeling. I am beyond grateful for all the support I have received from my family and friends to help me through this step.
After graduating from high school in St. Brieux, Daubenfeld came to the United States to study at the College of Arts and Sciences. Once she heard about college health studies program, offered to the Department of Psychology and Health Studies, she was immediately attracted by its interdisciplinary nature. She decided to focus on the individual, society and health option of the program.
“I loved the idea of learning about a wide range of perspectives and disciplines at university,” she said. “Besides the interdisciplinary approach of the Diploma in Health Studies, the best part of the program is the caring nature of the professors, especially Dr. Ulrich Teucher. The professors were always available to meet and answer any questions related to courses, programs or career.
A high-achieving student, Daubenfeld earned numerous scholarships and honors throughout her college career at USask, including the Chancellors Scholarship worth $30,000. She was also placed on the Dean’s Honor List, which recognizes undergraduates whose grades fall within the top five percent of those studying with a full course load in the College of Arts and Sciences. .
At a college event on June 6, Daubenfeld will be honored with the Top Health Studies Graduate Award as well as the BA&Sc Degree Academic Medal. She has been accepted to medical school at the University of British Columbia and will begin her studies there in August.
“My number one tip for academic success is to create study schedules that maximize study and break efficiency,” she said. “I think the quality of study is greater than the quantity of study because it allows you to take more valuable breaks that leave you feeling rested to study again later.”
Under the supervision of Dr. Scott Napper (PhD), Daubenfeld completed an honors thesis that analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vaccine attitudes in the US population. A former health studies student collected college students’ opinions on vaccines before the COVID-19 pandemic and Daubenfeld then collected students’ opinions on vaccines after long-term pandemic exposure, with the aim of examine how opinions may have changed. Daubenfeld and Napper are working on the project this summer and hope to publish their results.
Another health studies project Daubenfeld participated in involved choreographing a dance, known as a pas de deux, with his sister. The dance was created for Daubenfeld’s HLST 310 class and addressed the issue of climate change.
“I have noticed a disconnect between climate activists and experts, where arguing about ‘truth’ has limited progress. I think it is valuable to listen and collaborate with others, even if they have opposing points of view, to solve problems like climate change,” she said. “The dance consisted of my sister and I working against each other initially and eventually coming together in unison at the end to pull it off.”
Daubenfeld said a particular highlight of her time as a USask student was her participation in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Learning Communities program. Daubenfeld served as a peer mentor for the program for three years and helped smooth students’ transition from high school to college by helping them build community and networks and enrich their academic skills. She made many friends and connections through the experience, noting “I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am today without the program.”
Daubenfeld has been involved in many other activities outside of the classroom, including as a mentor through Inclusion Saskatchewan. She also spent a year as the head life science instructor for the non-profit organization Campbox YXE, which provides hands-on activities for children in grades 4-6, and she taught classes. math and biochemistry to high school and college students to help them achieve their academic goals.
“The best part of my studies at the College of Arts and Sciences was the people and friends around me,” Daubenfeld said. “There are countless opportunities to network with professors, professors and other students at the College of Arts and Sciences. The diverse nature of the college also allows you to learn from your peers in different disciplines. »