Continuing our series of blogs spotlighting some of our inaugural Beedie Luminaries meet Ruhi Mander. Ruhi is starting her first year at UBC, taking a Behavioural Neuroscience Program. Read more about her story in the Q&A story below.
What is your name?
What post-secondary school will you be attending?
University of British Columbia
What program will you be taking in post-secondary and why does it interest you?
Throughout post secondary I would like to be a part of the Behavioural Neuroscience Program as it is a blend of both psychology and neurology. This program would allow me to combine my passions for learning about the biological build-up of the brain while also understanding the complex patterns of human behaviour. Furthermore, I will be able to continue to work with numbers and expand my knowledge in all of the sciences; both factors which I really appreciate.
Tell us a little bit about your background (growing up, going to school, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
I grew up living with my parents and younger brother as an extremely extroverted child. As a child who enjoyed socializing and meeting new people, school was never something I dreaded, rather I enjoyed interacting with my peers and all the experiences I was able to have. I was also fortunate to begin figure skating, a sport which played a large role in my life for the next 12 years, becoming an outlet to make new friends, learn to tackle hardships such as injuries, and opportunities to win medals throughout Western Canada.
Who inspires you, and why?
My inspiration continues to be my 14 year old younger brother. As a well-rounded person he maintains excellent standing in school as a gifted student, while excelling throughout AAA Ice Hockey and participating in numerous school sports. He excels in managing his time with his countless commitments while consistently having a smile across his face, inspiring me to continue to positively balance the various areas of my life.
What motivates you, and why?
As an individual I am motivated by the idea of providing my parents with a comfortable lifestyle. They have worked endlessly in order to provide my brother and I with the opportunities which we have. Whether that be aiding us financially or continually empowering us to reach our goals. Their countless contributions motivate me to persevere through my hardships in order to maintain smiles across their faces.
What are your goals for the upcoming school year?
Within the upcoming school year, I aspire to learn more about being independent as I begin to live on my own while making new friends as I am surrounded by others who share similar passions as myself. Furthermore, another goal I have is to continue to work my hardest academically and persevere through the difficulties I will face as I adapt to university.
What is one thing you learned in high school that you will take with you to post-secondary?
Throughout my time in high school from all the crucial things which I have learned, one thing which I will ensure I take with me to post secondary is my ability to manage my time, as time management is essential.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to future Luminaries?
One piece of advice I would like to share with future Luminaries is that if you are facing an adversity and feel close to giving up you must remember that everyone within the Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program has chosen you to become a part of Beedie Luminaries because they see you have very high potential. If you are near giving up always consider the number of people who would like to support you and aspire to see you reach unconditional heights in life.Back To Top