“Never regret what you did, as long as you understand what you should do after.” Meet Beedie Luminary Matthew Chan
What is your field of study and why does it interest you?
I’m currently studying Sciences at UBC, plans for a specific area of sciences are still up in the air. I’m hoping to specialize in medical biology/chemistry-related areas. I’ve always taken an interest in chemistry; I loved understanding even the simplest of processes like rusting under the lens of a chemist. Funny enough, biology didn’t always interest me; the program I’m currently in for first year called Science One was what made me interested in biology.
I’ve always kept my doors open when it comes to a field of study because at the end of the day, I just hope that I can work with people to create change in the lives of others who may need it!
Science One is a first-year enriched science program offered at UBC; it teaches the three sciences and mathematics in an interdisciplinary manner with sprinkles of Python! I took the IB program during high school; Science One’s cohort of 75 students and eight teachers drew me in, reminding me of how close my IB cohort and teachers were.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My mom always says to “Speak up.” While it might have been because young me was a little quiet, whenever I feel like my words have been misinterpreted or someone can’t speak for themselves, I remind myself to speak up, whether it is for me or someone else.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Never regret what you did, as long as you understand what you should do after.
What was the last experience that made you a better person?
The whole first term of university, precisely the moment when I looked at my grades. I knew it would be different from high school, but it was a good wake-up call to remind me to adjust my expectations and how I did things.
What is something you learned in the last week?
I learned that I slept late because I was afraid of the day ending. I worried about what I didn’t get to finish and the new responsibilities/homework that would be given.
What’s the coolest trend you see today?
People are going back to school. I haven’t noticed it before but since I learnt of the SPARK Program, Beedie Luminaries Scholarship for Single Parents, a lot more parents and adults who dropped out or never had a chance to go to post-secondary are going back to school!
Who inspires you and why?
My parents inspire me, both are some of the strongest individuals I know. My dad fought cancer when I was a kid, and my mom worked so I could be where I am today! I love and am so inspired by them both.
What would people be surprised to find out about you?
I will love to talk to you if I meet you! I’m an introvert, shy and apparently cold the first time I meet someone but know that internally I would love to talk and get to know you; it might just take a little time!
What is your favourite thing about being a part of Beedie Luminaries?
THE COMMUNITY!!! I can’t wait for in-person events to be allowed to meet with the lovely Beedie Community and my mentor, but for now, I’ll be content with seeing Beedie Luminaries around and excitingly wave at them. 😂Back To Top