Class of 2023: Meghan Lok (BSc Applied Biology)
Major in Applied Animal Biology
How did you hear about LFS at UBC?
I actually entered UBC as a Science undergraduate intending to major in general Biology. While I knew what I did not want to do at this point, I was not provided with the environment, opportunities, and guidance that would have helped me carve out my path. A friend from my high school in FNH encouraged me to transfer to LFS, and I am so glad that I did so at the end of my first year!
What was your favourite class and why?
There are so many favourite classes to choose from, but APBI 214 and APBI 398 are a close tie! In APBI 214 (Animal Sheltering and Companion Animal Support Services), I had so many lightbulb moments during lectures that made me realize my passion and curiosity for the course material. In APBI 398 (Research Methods in Applied Biology), I could apply my newfound knowledge of animal sheltering and One Welfare in a research assistant role, eventually leading to the opportunity to present at two conferences!
Do you recommend students get involved in extra-curriculars? What did you do outside of the classroom?
Absolutely! I have been involved in LFS leadership roles, including the LFS Undergraduate Society (LFS|US) and LFS Orientations, as well as a couple of AMS club executive positions. I am currently the Animal Welfare Program’s (AWP) Communications and Media Assistant as a part of the UBC Work Learn Program, and I have also been helping with research on the side.
What is the next step for you? Do you have plans post-graduation (professional, academic and/or personal)?
In my fifth and final year, I fell in love with research, and I plan to apply for a Master’s degree in animal welfare in the following year. In the meantime, I will be continuing in my Communications and Media Assistant role with the AWP, developing the skills that I hope to apply to a future career in science communications.
What advice do you have for students?
I strongly encourage getting involved in leadership, because it is a great way to develop important skills and also meet fellow students outside of a classroom setting! As an introvert, all of these roles helped me gain more confidence, and it has truly enriched my whole university experience. Exploring research, whether as part of a course or not, can also help you identify your passions.