Obst achieves her goals

May 29, 2003, vol. 27, no. 3
By Julie Ovenell-Carter



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Jennifer Obst (left) had a couple of goals in mind when she entered SFU and she will likely achieve both. Paying her own university expenses is one goal the deans' undergraduate medallist in the faculty of science has achieved.

“One of my goals when I entered university was to pay my own way through my undergraduate education,” notes Obst who is graduating with a BSc in molecular biology and biochemistry (MBB). “I won the Tadeusz Specht memorial entrance scholarship in science which was important for me because it funded, as well as encouraged me at the start of my university studies.”

Another goal was to enter medical school and while she is still waiting for an acceptance letter, it is likely that Obst, who graduates with a 4.18 grade point average out of a possible 4.33, will achieve that goal as well.

“My mom was a nurse and I wanted to be one too, until Grade 6 when I decided I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. “I'm particularly interested in family practice.”

She didn't initially intend to study in the department of MBB because she was told it was too difficult.

“Friends told me not to go into biochemistry because it was really hard,” she recalls. “But I started taking courses and I really enjoyed them. It was challenging work, but a fascinating subject to learn.”

Obst, who was on the honour roll for seven semesters, has nothing but praise for her professors. “The thing I have enjoyed and benefitted from at SFU is the diversity of expertise represented in the MBB department,” she explains. “The professors that taught the MBB courses had a variety of different backgrounds allowing me to tailor my undergraduate education to what I was interested in.”

And if medical school doesn't work out she plans to pursue some of her research interests.

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