Akanksha is a graduate of the Masters of Public Health program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is currently the Secretariat for the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, dedicated to improving the health of Ontarians, and the Co-Founder and CEO of S.E.E.D.S.—Supporting Education, Empowerment and Development through Science—which educates and empowers youth to adopt healthy lifestyles, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
She points to her FLC experience as one of the key stepping stones in her career path: “My FLC mentor at the time helped connect me to a lab where I had my first Research Opportunity Program experience. The things that I learned in working at the lab and through FLC helped me build skills that I still use today!”
Akanksha emphasizes the importance of mental as well as physical health, especially for new undergrads: “First year is hard. It’s a time of major transition in your life. You’re in a different environment, maybe away from your family, learning how to be and learn on your own for the first time.”
“When you find that you’re getting hard on yourself, remember that you’re in a different environment, maybe away from your family, learning how to live and learn on your own for the first time. Take this time to get to know yourself, make friends, explore your interests, and learn how to learn. Your journey is unique so take some time to find out what works for you.”