Ronald Chow: Canada’s Student of the Week

This week, we’re celebrating Ronald Chow as Canada’s Student of the Week.

Ronald Chow is a first-year Medical Science and Scholar’s Electives student at the University of Western Ontario.

CampusRankings caught up with Ronald to find out what inspires his work and how he spends his day-to-day.

Tell us about yourself in under 140 characters.

I am a 1st year undergraduate at Western University. I’m an avid advocate on campus, as a member of student associations. In my free time, I enjoy playing badminton!

What is your favourite thing about your school?

I am fortunate enough to be part of the Scholar’s Electives program at Western University. It is an immense privilege to wake up and go to school with some of the best students across Canada, who all boast amazing academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Being in such an environment has pushed me in all facets of life to be a better person!

What do you plan on studying at university and why?

I am currently studying Medical Science, and am part of the Scholar’s Electives program (one of 40 students across all undergraduate faculties admitted to the program). This program is a great place to meet and work with like-minded, ambitious students, and hopefully the jumping point to medical school.

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

Make a schedule and form a study group! I find that when you make a schedule and you adhere to it, you feel successful and accomplished when you successfully abide by it. Following it hence gives you two good results – you have studied and you feel good about it. Study groups are also important, because it is always fun to study in a group setting. Study groups also help you chat with others and make sure that you do not miss out any key points for the assessment.

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

University life is different than high school. Academically, there are some notable differences – less testing, but more heavily-weighted exams. Outside of academia, stepping from an all-boys environment (Crescent School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) into an extracurricular environment has allowed me to widen my social circle and network with a more representative group of society. Similar to individuals who experience culture shock when first immigrating to a new region, this was quite a jump for me. However, keeping an open mind helped to quickly ease any anxiety and thrive in this new atmosphere.

What are your main extra-curricular activities?

Founder and President, Scholar’s Electives Student Association (Western University)

Founder and President, Bicycle Safety & Awareness Club (Western University)

Founder and President, Western Scholars Student Association (Western University)

Founder and President, WISE Student Association (Western University)

Founder and Chair, Infinitas Research Group (Headquarters – London, ON, Canada)

What motivates you to do these activities?

I have always been interested in helping to build the community into a better and more supportive environment. Being involved in student government has allowed me to directly play a role in establishing that supportive atmosphere for my peers, and allowing them the opportunity to thrive.

What’s your dream job?

Medical Doctor and Clinician Scientist.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy playing badminton and piano in my free time. It’s a great way for me to relax and fully immerse myself in leisurely activities!

What music are you grooving to?

I almost exclusively listen to the Top 40’s Pop music. Name one of those songs, and I likely will have heard of it.

Favourite movies & TV shows?

The Fast & Furious Series, Die Hard Series, Cars (by Disney Pixar)

Favourite travel destination?

Hong Kong! I have relatives in Hong Kong, and it is always fun and enjoying to spend time with them.

Any upcoming travel plans?

Washington D.C. in June 2017.

What are three things you can’t live without?

Family, food and Internet access!

Favourite app right now?

Facebook Messenger.

What’s your go-to website?

Messenger.com – I connect with my friends through Facebook Messenger, and also use it as a platform to communicate with others on work-related business.

Who do you look up to?

My father. He’s a role-model, both career-wise and as a family person.

P.S. If you’d like to be nominated for Student of the Week, please sign up to CampusRankings and create a profile — our mission is to recognize young people doing great things in their school, community, or otherwise.

Joel Nicholson

Joel Nicholson

Joel Nicholson is the Co-founder and Managing Director of CampusRankings—Canada's #1 platform for student rankings, reviews, and admissions support. He writes about topics relating to education, or food reviews on Yelp.

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