IRC Member in 2021-2022 & 2022-2023

My name is Todd Nelson. I am Nlaka’pamux from Spuzzum First Nation in “British Columbia” on my father’s side and South Korean on my mother’s side. I lived in Saudi Arabia for most of my childhood and only moved back in grade 11. Although I grew up immersed in Korean and Arabic culture, I was not exposed to my First Nation’s culture and traditions at all. Regretfully, I didn’t have the connections to my community until quite recently. I am now beginning to get more involved with my community and learning as much as I can. I am also an undergraduate student in Behavioural Neuroscience where I am conducting an honours thesis looking into methods to combat tremours in golfers. My time is also spent as a member of the Indigenous Reconciliation Committee. While I am still in the life-long process of learning, I hope to meaningfully contribute to reconciliation within the Psychology Department.

What motivated you to pursue a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience?

I initially began my undergrad in Kinesiology as I was fascinated with the human body. However, I soon became fascinated with the brain and how it worked from a physiological perspective. I quickly switched to Behavioural Neuroscience which allowed me to continue studying human physiology in great depths while emphasizing the brain and its role in human behaviour. The breadth of classes available in my program is unbelievable! Throughout my degree, I took classes that covered completely different subject matter, from behavioural endocrinology to the rehabilitation of movement control, giving me insight into diverse subjects that many other programs cannot offer.

What are you enjoying the most about your studies at SFU?

What I enjoyed most from my studies here was the relationships that I formed. Throughout my time here, I was fortunate enough to meet kind students with similar interests as mine. I hope these friendships last a lifetime. I am also grateful for the strong relationships I formed with many of my professors. I’m always seeking to learn more from them, and whenever I have good news, I am always eager to tell them. They truly care about their students. My time here wouldn’t have been the same without my peers and professors.