Cassandra Cowan: Canada’s Student of the Week

This week, we’re celebrating Cassandra Cowan as Canada’s Student of the Week. Cassandra is from Ajax, Ontario, and keeps herself busy as the Chief of Communications at her high school, Editor in Chief of her Yearbook, a part-time soccer referee, ambassador for the prestigious Science Expo, and an elite curler. 

UniversityHub caught up with Cassandra to find out what inspires her work and how she spends her day-to-day. Learn more about Cassandra by visiting her student profile page. If you’d like to be nominated for Student of the Week, please sign up to UniversityHub and create a profile — our mission is to recognize young people doing great things in their school, community, or otherwise.


Tell us about yourself in under 140 characters.

Hi my name is Cassandra Cowen, or Cassie for short. I’m a grade 12 student and the best way to describe myself is I enjoy learning new things in new ways! I’m also a competitive curler.

Why do you enjoy using (or why should others use it)?

I like using because it allows me to learn more about the options for my future and keeps me on track with my goals.


Where do you currently attend school?

Ajax High School, Ajax, Ontario

What is your favourite thing about your school?

I love meeting new people through extra-curricular activities, and I love studying math and science.

What do you plan on studying at university and why?

I plan on studying chemical engineering because it’s the perfect combination of my favourite subjects: chemistry, physics, and math. It’s always been one of my passions.

What are you most looking forward to at university?

I am most looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life, where I can meet a whole group of new people and experience living on my own. I’m also super excited to be able to study exactly what I want full time!

What’s your best study tip or habit you’d like to share?

My best study tip would be to break down high level concepts or seemingly complex problems into smaller pieces. Ambiguity is the enemy when it comes to understanding things, and if you can’t understand things, you can’t remember them for tests. I also highly recommend starting early,  so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome at school? How did you overcome it?

One of the challenges I’ve overcome was going through school without much of a support system. At the end of grade 9, I went through a transitional phase where I needed to rethink the people around me. There’s a saying that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and I wanted the people I spent the most time with to elevate me — not hold me back from my capabilities.
When I started distancing myself from these people, I found myself stuck in a situation where I didn’t have anyone around me, and I felt incredibly alone. After feeling this way for a couple months, I decided I needed to join a club or sport. It just so happened that they had sign ups for the Yearbook Club, so I decided to put my graphic design skills to the test and join.
I ended up becoming the Co-Editor In Chief while in my grade 10 year at school. I created the theme and many of the spreads in the book. I met some of the most amazing people, and I can’t be more proud of myself for taking the initiative to do it!


What are your main extra-curricular activities?

I’m the lead in my school’s varsity girls curling team. I won bronze in our district finals  two years in a row, and won the A finals to move on to regionals. I’m also an ambassador for the Science Expo, which is the largest student-run conference that connects high school students to the STEM community in Canada. Student Council is another one of my main curriculars, where I’m the Chief of Communications, overseeing comms between all the members and the student body. I do most of the scheduling and work as a secretary during meetings.

What motivates you to do these activities?

I would say different things motivate me to do all these activities. For curling, my motivation comes from my family. My dad and my grandfather were both provincial finalists in their day so it motivates me to work harder to out do them and become a provincial champion. I’d also say that my teammates, Kenna, Parker and Stephanie, and my coach, Todd, motivate me to work as hard as I can to ensure we have an awesome season. Finally, I think the strongest motivation comes from one of my training coaches, Lori, because through training she always believed in me no matter what the outcome!
My motivation for Student Council comes from my experience of meeting people in my school and I really want to make a difference to make my last year and amazing one! Science Expo is also something I’m truly passionate about because science and math have been a huge part of my life since I was younger, and I think it’s important that it is apart of many others as well.


What’s your dream job?

An elevator engineer or anything to do with chemistry!

What are your hobbies and interests?

As you may have noticed before, I absolutely love curling! My other hobbies include playing soccer, dancing, and leadership opportunities.

What music are you grooving to?

Currently grooving to Drake but also throw in some country in there as well

Favourite movies & TV shows?

Suits, Orange is the New Black, That 70s Show and Mamma Mia

Favourite travel destination?

I haven’t done too much travelling but I’d have to say Paris, France. I visited Paris while on exchange in France and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done. It was awesome to be shown around by people who actually live there and know where the best places to eat and tour are which probably added to such an awesome experience.

Any upcoming travel plans?

Yes! I am going on a trip in the summer of 2018 to Germany and Ireland. Germany to go to curling training camp and Ireland to tour to learn more about my heritage.

What are the three things you can’t live without?

My phone, my friends and the curling rink

Favourite app right now?

Pokemon GO, it’s a little addicting!

What’s your go-to website (other than UniversityHub)?

Twitter for sure!

Who do you look up to?

Lori Olson-Johns, my training coach.
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