I finished my last exam for my undergrad on April 22nd. All that is left to do is attend the ceremony in the gown and receive a paper worth a couple of thousands of dollars.
I had a rather unusual ending for my degree. For the past four years, I had been wanting out because I didn’t enjoy my program. My last semester, I had one compulsory 4th year course to take: Epidemiology. Part of the course work was to conduct a small research of literature and present it to judges at the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics student conference. It was to be done in partners.
I ended up with a really amazing partner, Marty. We worked well together and our intelligence level was quite equivalent, making certain parts of our work quite entertaining. I proposed the topic of Methotrexate (MTX) and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at the outset and he agreed. Together, we refined our topic and worked really hard throughout the semester. The project became increasingly important to me personally since my youngest sister has arthritis ( for the past 5 years) and she recently began to treatment with MTX. The more I learned, the more I felt I was able to understand my sister. For once in my degree I felt like I did something meaningful.
Though we did not win at the conference, we still ended up with an A+…I’ll take that!
Here’s Marty and I on Poster Day, April 5th, 2014 ( Roger Guindon).