Convocation 2023: Valedictorians share words of wisdom
May 24, 2023
We asked Valedictorians from this year’s graduating class in the School of Nursing and the Faculty of Health Sciences to share some of their insights.
Here’s what they said:
ON GETTING THROUGH FIRST YEAR
Leave your comfort zone! The best thing I did when I got to McMaster was talk to as many people as I could. Whether it was through my lectures, clubs, or anywhere else, everyone is trying to navigate this new environment and looking for people to help them on that journey. You never know what friendships and opportunities can come from a simple conversation! — Taaha Hassan, Health Sciences valedictorian, Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences
Always live in the present. The years you spend studying and training will fly by faster than you can imagine. There will be times that you may feel uncomfortable or don’t know what you are doing, but that is okay! Take the time to appreciate the present, and remember why you chose this profession to help you at the times you feel defeated. Before you know it, you will be graduating and practising as a nurse! — Salwa Siddiqui, School of Nursing valedictorian, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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