Questival Snowflakes

It’s that time of year again…

Saturday night was Questival, held for the first time on the 3rd floor of our library because we’ve outgrown the cafeteria! It was a wonderfully festive evening, complete with a gingerbread house building contest, pictures with Santa (a.k.a our president David Helfand), and a flash mob coordinated by one truly dedicated secret santa. And, to top it all off, it snowed, making for a picturesque night and a welcome reprieve from the last end-of-block crunch of 2012.

I should probably introduce myself. I’m Jenna, and I’m currently in my third year at Quest. I come from Vancouver Island, and have a serious love for the ocean. I first came to visit Quest the first year it was open (I was in grade 10 at the time) and right then I was sold. I love that all of the students and tutors are here because they are excited about learning, and that the classes are small to allow for discussion and real student-tutor interaction.  My question is “What is the role of empathy in medicine?” I feel that there is often a lack of care within western medicine especially, and I want to look into what role empathy should have and which approaches to health care help to foster empathy within the patient-practitioner relationship. To do this, in addition to looking at western medicine and talking with health care professionals, I am looking into alternative therapies and medicine within other cultures to see how they incorporate empathy. In my spare time, I love exploring the forest and mountains around Quest, playing volleyball, skiing, cooking yummy food, and reading a good book in front of the fireplace in the atrium (that is some prime real estate on campus!).

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