Have you ever wondered about our campus leaders? Are you curious to know about their interests, their skills, and their future plans? Well, check out our recent chat with active UC representative and future clinical researcher, Helen Liu. See how much you have in common with this campus star!
Name: Helen Liu
Program of Study: Pharmacology and Psychology
Relationship Status: Single
College: University College
Year of Study: Second Year
What’s your zodiac sign? What are two characteristics that match your personality? What are two characteristics that do not match your personality?
I’m a Scorpio but I don’t see myself as secretive or resentful. However, I do think that I am determined and passionate.
What’s the most played song on your playlist at the moment?
Right now I like listening to Fourfiveseconds by Rihanna and Kanye.
Who are your top three favourite youtubers?
I like watching videos from Nigahiga, WongFu Productions, and ThePianoGuys.
What’s your favourite TV show?
It’s a close one between Suits and The Mindy Project
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I love chocolate
What can’t you live without?
My phone, internet, and my laptop- basically I need to stay connected online at all times.
What’s your favourite motivational quote?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” by Wayne Gretzky.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to travel, go to the gym, watch TV, and chill with my close friends.
If your were given a choice to marry, date, or dump Chris Hemsworth, James Franco, Adam Levine, which one would you pick?
I would marry Chris Hemsworth, date Adam Levine, and dump James Franco.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
I’m enthusiastic, resilient and persistent.
How would you describe your dream man?
I’d like him to have a nice personality, I think that’s what matters the most. I’m not too worried about little details.
Tell me something interesting people don’t know about you?
I’m terrified of roller coasters, they are the scariest things on earth!
Are you actively involved with campus clubs and organizations?
I have been involved in UCLit (UC student council) and UCRC (UC Residence council). In addition, I help out with UTAA (U of T Autism Association) and have been apart of the U of T PowderPuff Football team, as well as a couple of other intramural teams. I also created a club called HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), if anyone is interested in joining! Basically, HOSA offers opportunities for knowledge and leadership development of all health science education students, but there’s more information on the ULife website for people who are interested in joining the club.
What inspires you to take on so many leadership roles despite your busy student schedule, and how do you stay motivated to accomplish your daily tasks?
I see these leadership roles as “life,” when you actually enjoy what you do then it doesn’t seem like work. To plan for my busy schedules I like to make colourful timetables and to do lists, as I like to stay organized.
What is one scary/funny moment you experienced since you’ve been at U of T?
In my PSY100 class, there was a bonus assignment of creating artwork related to one of the concepts in class and I had to take a picture with it. So, my friend and I created a rather ugly piece of work (we’re not artistic people), and took a really silly selfie with it. Who knew the prof would decide to show the pictures in con hall the next semester? For a good month, all my high school and university friends who took the class asked me about the photo and they would laugh about it.
What are your goals post-university?
My ultimate goal is to obtain a MD and carry out clinical research while traveling the world.