Quest Student Profiles: An Interview with Torin Nikiforuk

Torin is a fourth year student whose Question is “How can therapy alter neurological
conditions and restore functionality?” IMG_5226

Where do you call home?

I’m from Calgary, Alberta originally, but I recently moved to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

Why did you pick Quest?

I wanted the diversity of studying multiple subjects while still being able to hone in on a specific area that really peaked my interest. I also wanted to come out of my University experience feeling like I had really gained a good academic base rather than just a degree.

What are you studying here and why?

My Question and Keystone look at neuroscience and molecular biology. I don’t really know why I chose my Question. I guess because it is really cool and interesting to me. I love understanding why we do the things we do at a molecular level.

What are your plans after Quest?

Apply to a Masters in Neurology program or take the MCAT and apply to medical school.

Torin cooking a turkey for Swift Creek's Questival Dinner.
Torin cooking a turkey for Swift Creek’s Questival Dinner.

What do you do outside of school at Quest?

Mostly hang out with friends. I like exploring the area around Quest, and cooking. I am also the chairperson of the Residence Council (the floor reps). This is a supportive role to insure that Res Council as a whole is cohesive—I help to organize the council, doing logistics and scheduling on-call shifts, and liaising between the administration and the council. I’m also there to help out if any of the floor reps get overwhelmed. 

What did you do last block break?

I went on an overnight excursion to Elfin Lakes. Elfin Lakes is in Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is about a twenty-minute drive from campus. We snowshoed up to a cabin by the lakes, and there was a ton of snow up there.

If there was one thing you could change about Quest what would it be?

More diversity in the availability of food on campus. 

What is your favorite thing about Quest?

I love the small class sizes and the opportunities they bring up—the ability to talk to your tutor and not sit in lectures every day for class. I like being able to actually converse with and learn from such well-educated people.

Photo of the trailhead to Elfin Lakes during Torin's block break snowshoeing trip. Photo cred to Natalie Douglas.
Photo of the trailhead to Elfin Lakes during Torin’s block break snowshoeing trip. Photo cred to Natalie Douglas.
Torin with other Quest students at a soccer game.
Torin with other Quest students at a soccer game.

 

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