Shining Student | Olivia Marasco

Olivia Marasco (BSc Co-op '19) chose ULethbridge for their graduate degree because of the quality mentorship they received in their undergraduate degree.

I have had many memorable first experiences—my first time doing research, my first talk at a conference, my first publication, and my first time teaching – but those are not the things I remember most about the time I have spent here. What I remember most about my experience are the moments of connection and mentorship I have had with my professors and learning together alongside my peers.

Meet Olivia| Creative. Compassionate. Reflective.
Program: Master of Science | Major: Biochemistry

What is the most important lesson you have learned so far at ULethbridge?

Perfection is not a healthy or useful concept when it comes to learning. Leaning on it to make yourself successful can eat up your whole life and diminish the joy you feel from your accomplishments. The idea that a person must be perfect to succeed is deeply flawed, and letting it go is one of the greatest acts of self-compassion a person can do for themself.

Is there someone specific who has had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?

Many people have stood out during my time at the University of Lethbridge, but I would like to mention chemistry professor Dr. Marc Roussel in particular. I did most of my undergraduate research in his lab, and now he is supervising my master's degree. In the time that I have known him, he has been an insightful and compassionate mentor who has contributed enormously to my growth as a scientist and as a person.

What advice would you give to those about to begin their ULethbridge journey?

University is a unique time in a person’s life which grants you access to opportunities you would not have in other settings. When else do you get the chance to learn from experts, participate in research, and make this many personal connections? Universities want their students to succeed, and if you use your time here wisely, you will come out of it with a lot more than a degree. My advice to new students is to take advantage of this time in their lives to learn as much as they can about themselves, their peers, and the world around them as they can. You are here for you, and this experience should be whatever you want it to be.

Favourite class: Non-linear Dynamics

Favourite social activity at ULethbridge: Clubs and Study Groups

Favourite place to study: In the lab late at night